Cornelia Parker

Institute of Contemporary Art

Cornelia Parker first came to public attention in 1988 by arranging for a steamroller to level a scavenged collection of silver objects to create the raw materials for a large-scale sculpture. Since then, melting, slicing, crushing, shooting, and exploding objects (with the assistance of the Royal Mint, Colt Firearms, and the British Army) and recycling the results into eloquently arranged installations has become the trademark of Parker's creative process. The more than sixty sculptures, photographs, and drawings in the British sculptor's first major American survey combined Dadaist wit with Actionist shamanism and ritual. Found objects ranging from teapots and wedding bands to feathers, snake venom, and woolly mammoth hair were transformed into metaphorically rich artifacts invoking royal history, literature, religion, and the paranormal.

Thirty Pieces of Silver, 1988-89, is a room-size

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