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Cornelia Parker

British Sculptor and Installation Artist

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Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Installation Art

Born: July 14, 1956 - Cheshire, England

"I resurrect things that have been killed off ... My work is all about the potential of materials - even when it looks like they've lost all possibilities."

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Cornelia Parker is famous for her acts of destruction, which in turn produce ephemeral, beautiful installations out of wreckage. She often uses found objects with very specific histories - such as banned pornographic tape, or worn out brass band instruments as her base material, and in other cases (as with her exploded shed) produces objects only to blow them up, and carefully reassemble the pieces.

For Parker, the process and the materials are as important as the object. In more recent work, she has also used art historical works as 'found objects', destroying them symbolically instead of literally (as in The Distance: A Kiss With Added String (2003), as well as using the language of props, sets, and fake architecture, to set up new relationships between art, architecture, and the built environment.

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