THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Cornelia Parker

BORN 1956 | CHESHIRE, ENGLAND

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson), 1999
Wire mesh, charcoal, wire, pins, nails
144 x 60 x 72 inches
Gift of Barbara Lee


An impressive example of Cornelia Parker's signature suspended sculptures, Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson) is a major installation piece constructed from found materials: the charred remains of an alleged arson incident. Hung by wires to create a forest of charcoal fragments, the work features a spectacular explosion of form in space and captures Parker's forensic fascination. Parker's 2000 show at the ICA, her first solo museum exhibition in the United States, was a turning point in her career.

 

 


 

Currently, this work is not on view to the public.

Wedding Ring Drawing (circumference of a living room), 1996
Two 22 carat gold wedding rings drawn into wire
24 x 24 inches, framed
Gift of Barbara Lee


Cornelia Parker's Wedding Ring Drawing is made from two wedding rings that have been literally drawn into newly metaphorical forms. The gold rings were melted and stretched into a single 40-foot-long circular thread, a length that suggests the circumference of a living room and adds a note of domesticity to the unfolding metaphor. The thread was then trapped between two sheets of glass, creating a "drawing" that winds around in delicate loops and turns. The work simultaneously evokes the fragile and beautiful history of these two abandoned rings and the possibility of renewed connection.



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