Cornelia Parker

English born Cornelia Parker (1956) is a practitioner who works primarily in sculpture and installation. Drawing on her wide-ranging interests Parker’s work explores and questions human existence and our relationship to the world. To examine existence Parker utilises materials as “both medium and tool…”.[1]

Cornelia Parker

 

Parker engages in a destructive unmaking and remaking as she explores the potential of an object that she may subject to a violent transformative process –  explosions, being shot, squashed or stretched.

Parker’s process renders the ordinary with new possibility and meaning for the viewer. The transformative process applies a consciousness to familiar objects and in doing so rejuvenates or alters its meaning. Gaston Bachelard considers this idea in The Poetics of Space.

 

Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991 by Cornelia Parker born 1956

Parker, C. (1991). Cornelia Parker, ‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View’ 1991 Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View. Retrieved from http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/cornelia-parker-2358

 

 

In 2016 Cornelia Parker curated a group exhibition at The Foundling Museum with more than 60 artists, writers and composers who responded to the word ‘found’.

The Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, central London, ‘tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, established by merchant seaman Thomas Coram in 1739 to give a home to London’s poorest children – an act of finding those who had been lost. In the 18th century, the parents of the children who left them there were asked to deposit a token so that they could identify them later, in case they were ever in a position to take them home.’

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2016-05-31/finders-keepers

 

 

[1]     Parker, Cornelia, Iwona Blazwick, Yōko Ono, and Bruce W. Ferguson. Cornelia Parker. New York, N.Y.: Thames & Hudson, Inc, 2013, 11.

[2] Miller, Juliet. The Creative Feminine and Her Discontents: Psychotherapy, Art, and Destruction. London: Karnac Books, 2008, 124.

Found art: Cornelia Parker and Jarvis Cocker share their spoils | Art and design | The Guardian. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/25/found-art-cornelia-parker-and-jarvis-cocker-share-their-spoils

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The Things That Make Us — Cornelia Parker. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.thethingsthatmakeus.com/podcast/2016/7/6/cornelia-parker

A Paisley Snail…

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ART – “lies half-way between scientific knowledge and mythical or magical thought. It is common knowledge that the artist is both something of a scientist and of a ‘bricoleur’.”

Claude Levi Strauss

Bricolage, assemblage, collage and found – some of my favourite words that form part of my approach to visual arts. Bricolage is the construction or creation of a new work using existing materials and text. French social anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) used bricolage to describe the way an artist “shapes the beautiful and useful out of the dump heap of human life.”

I spent a large part of 2016 experimenting with found objects, in particular vacuum cleaners and household dust, in an attempt to understand one of my ‘default settings’ and the magic of the ‘everyday’. Dust Devil, an installation, draws on the ‘dump of human life’. I could be both scientist and ‘bricoleur’.

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Catherine Russ. “Dust Devil.” 2016. Installation

This year I am excited to discover and experiment with …

 

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The words I found are part of a landmark legal case decided in 1932 by the House of Lords. Donoghue v Stevenson established the legal principle that a duty of care is owed to your neighbour (circumstances dependent)  and where that duty is breached the offending party is liable for the foreseeable losses that follow from the breach of duty.

A Paisley Snail

At Wellmeadow Café in a town called Paisley,

a friend orders Mrs Donoghue a drink.

Ice cream with ginger beer,

from a bottle made of dark opaque glass.

A friend orders Mrs Donoghue a drink.

Mr Minchella, the café owner, pours ginger beer into a tumbler of ice cream,

from a bottle made of dark opaque glass.

Mrs Donoghue enjoys her drink.

Mr Minchella, the café owner, pours ginger beer into a tumbler of ice cream.

Her friend pours more ginger beer onto the ice cream,

Mrs Donoghue enjoys her drink.

But in the dark opaque bottle lies a decomposing snail.

Her friend pours more ginger beer onto the ice cream.

A noxious condition – snail tainted ginger beer.

But from the dark opaque bottle falls a decomposing snail.

Mrs Donoghue suffers shock and illness.

A noxious condition – snail tainted ginger beer.

Lord Atkin asks ‘Who is my neighbour?’

Mrs Donoghue suffers shock and illness.

In law you must not injure your neighbour.

Lord Atkin asks ‘Who is my neighbour?’

Ice cream with ginger beer –

in law you must not injure your neighbour,

at Wellmeadow Café in a town called Paisley.

Catherine Russ

Retuna Mall

The Retuna mall in Sweden sells only repaired or upcycled products.

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/sweden-opens-worlds-first-mall-repaired-recycled-goods/