Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) is one of the most original and inventive artists working in Britain today. Her wide-ranging practise touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. This book is the first full survey to trace the development of Parker's career from the late 1970s to the present day, and includes work never previously published as well as extensive illuminating commentaries by the artist herself. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s. In this comprehensively illustrated book the artist takes the reader on a personal tour through her works. Beginning with the small-scale sculptures she made as a student, it charts works made in an array of materials from burnt cocaine and snake venom to silver dollars and gold teeth, alongside drawings, photographs, video pieces and installations. Organised chronologically, the book features five thematic essays contextualizing the artist's work and pointing to her key influences and interests, from abstraction and performance to archaeology and psychoanalysis. The book features a foreword by renowned artist and activist Yoko Ono and an introduction by curator Bruce Ferguson focusing on Parker's fascination with matter. Supplemented by an up-to-date biography, bibliography and exhibition history, this is the definitive book on one of the most popular artists of our time.