Cornelia Parker

From H to B and Back Again

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Year 2021
Medium Various pencils on acid-free graph paper
Dimensions 30.1 x 21.1 cm

About the work

From H to B and Back Again is a drawing made using an array of pencils given to me as a gift years ago. I found myself testing the softness and hardness of the various pencil leads. The resulting drawing is a sampler of sorts, a journey from H to the Bs (HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B) and back again.

About the artist:

Born 1956 Cheshire, Cornelia Parker lives and works in London. Graduated from Reading University (1982), and Wolverhampton Polytechnic (1978).

Parker’s art is about destruction, resurrection, and reconfiguration. Demonstrating the importance of process, she frequently transforms objects by using seemingly violent techniques such as shooting, exploding, squashing, cutting, and burning. Through these actions she both physically alters the object and she herself becomes an active participant in the development of its story.

Her works are held in public and private collections including Tate, London; British Council, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut.

Selected solo exhibitions include Through a Glass Darkly, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2020); Cornelia Parker, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2019); Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018); 2017 General Election Artworks, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London (2018); The Roof Garden Commission, Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2016); Ikon Icons, 1980s, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2014); Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011); and Doubtful Sound, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2010). Selected group exhibitions include Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women Since 1945, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2021); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London (2020); Unbreakable: Women in Glass, Fondazione Berengo Art Space, Murano (2020); Tell Me the Story of All These Things, Firstsite, Colchester (2020); Inaugural Exhibition – Waking Dream, Ruby City, San Antonio (2019); A Passion for Drawing. The Guerlain Collection from the Centre Pompidou, Albertina, Vienna (2019); The Art of Innovation: from enlightenment to dark matter, Science Museum, London (2019); A History of Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2018); and A Lesson in Sculpture with John Latham, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2016).

Awards include Official Artist for the UK General Election (2017); The Hugh Casson Drawing Prize (2011); OBE (2010); International Association of Art Critics Prize (1998); and nomination for the Turner Prize (1997). Residencies include International Artist in Residence, Two Rooms, Auckland (2010); and For-site Residency, Nevada City (2005).

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