Cornelia Parker RA

Cornelia Parker RA

Cornelia Parker OBE RA adeptly tranforms the meaning and context of objects through destruction and reformation.

Artist profile

Cornelia Parker RA studied at Gloucester College of Art 1974 - 1975, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, BA Hons 1975 - 1978 and Reading University, MFA 1980 -1982.


Parker is well known for her large scale, often site specific, installations. Her engagement with the fragility of existence and the transformation of matter is exemplified in two key works: 'Dark Matter', a cartoon-like reconstruction of an exploded army shed, and 'Heart of Darkness', the formal arrangement of charred remains from a forest fire. 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.


She works in a variety of mediums and has collaborated with institutions such as HM Customs & Excise, Royal Armouries, Madame Tussauds and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.


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