Cornelia Ann Parker OBE, RA (born 1956) is an English visual artist, best known for her sculpture and installation art.
She is well known for her large scale, often site specific, installations. Her engagement with the fragility of existence and the transformation of matter is key - and there is an apocalyptic tone to much of her work but she also demonstrates a concern ...with the more insidious effects of global warming and consumerism.
Parker’s art is about destruction, resurrection and reconfiguration. Demonstrating the importance of process, she frequently transforms objects by using seemingly violent techniques such as shooting, exploding, squashing, cutting and burning. Through these actions she both physically alters the object and she herself becomes an active participant in the development of its story.
As one of Britain’s most acclaimed artists, she is renowned for Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), for which she blew up a garden shed and then suspended it and all of its contents mid-explosion, and Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) (2016) which loomed over New York from its position on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. Most recently, Cornelia Parker has been following British politicians on the campaign trail as the Official Election Artist.
She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.
She has collaborated with institutions such as HM Customs & Excise, Royal Armouries, Madame Tussauds and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Whilst Parker’s work is held in numerous collections worldwide including Tate, London; British Council, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut.