Cornelia Parker (b. 1956) is one of the most thoughtful and poetic artists working in Britain today. Her wide-ranging practice, chiefly in sculpture and installation, touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual allusions and literary innuendo. Parker’s dynamic projects have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments, exploding a firework made from a pulverized meteorite, and suspending charcoal taken from a church struck by lightning.
This monograph traces the development of her art from the late 1970s to the present day. Organized chronologically, the book covers the small-scale sculptures she made while still a student; her work in lead, plaster, silver, and gold; drawings; photographs; video pieces; and installations. Over 175 works are illustrated and each is accompanied by a commentary from the artist herself. Five thematic essays by the curator and writer Iwona Blazwick contextualize Parker’s work and point to her key influences and concerns.
Wonderfully photographed and featuring a foreword by Yoko Ono, this full-scale survey of Parker’s career …contains informal commentary by Parker that retrospectively sketches the genesis of individual works.
— Publishers Weekly
The essays are well written and do give a unique perspective on the various forms the work takes…A detailed look at Parker’s oeuvre at the point in her successful career…Recommended.
Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London and the former Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Tate Modern. She is the author of Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Tate Modern: A Handbook, and Cornelia Parker.
Curator and critic Bruce Ferguson is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo.