Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire in 1956. She studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic and at Reading University. She currently lives and works in London.
Parker is best known for a number of large-scale installations including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), and The Maybe (1995), a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, who appeared sleeping inside a vitrine at the Serpentine Gallery. Her work reflects an enduring fascination with found objects which she physically and allegorically transforms.
In 1997 she was awarded a residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. In 1998 she had major solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and Deitch Projects, New York. A retrospective of her work was held at the ICA Boston in 2000. In 2001, the Galeria de Arte Moderne in Turin presented a major one-person show, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London commissioned a permanent installation for the British Galleries.
Her works are held by numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA including the British Council, London, The Tate Gallery, London, Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut, ICA, Boston and MoMA, New York.