Maev Kennedy of The Guardian reports that Cornelia Parker has been appointed the official artist of Britain’s 2017 general election. Parker’s re-creation of Norman Bates’s mansion from the 1960 horror film Psycho, titled Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), 2016, was displayed on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop last year. The artist will receive nearly $22,000 to create an artwork about the election. Parliament member Alison McGovern, chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art—the nominating body that selected Parker for the commission—said, “She’s the first woman artist to take on this role and it’ll be really exciting to see how her ideas for this artwork develop over the campaign period.”
“We live in scary but exhilarating times. The whole world order seems to be changing. As an artist, I feel honored to have been invited to respond to such an important election. With all its challenging issues and complexity, it is an event that I’m excited to engage with and I look forward to sharing my finished work,” said Parker of her nomination.
Once the work is completed, it will be added to the Parliament’s art collection, which includes election works by previous artists, such as Jonathan Yeo, whose 2001 work Proportional Representation features portraits of Tony Blair, William Hague, and Charles Kennedy, the sizes of which are based on the percentage of votes they received.