The Explosive World of Cornelia Parker

by Rosalind Whyte

September 27th

The Explosive World of Cornelia Parker

Contemporary sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker is best known for her large-scale installations such as her (literally!) explosive work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), in which Parker took the archetypal British garden shed, and its contents, and had it blown up by the British Army!

The debris is then installed around a single light bulb, creating the dramatic effect of an explosion frozen in time. She transforms everyday objects in order to investigate their nature and value. However, such destruction very often results in work of extraordinary beauty and maps an intriguing and unique thought process.

Rosalind Whyte


Rosalind Whyte has a BA and MA from Goldsmith’s College, and an MA (Distinction) from Birkbeck College. She is an experienced guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy and Greenwich. Rosalind lectures at theTate, to independent art societies and leads art appreciation holidays

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