Cornelia Parker OBE is an English sculptor and installation artist born in Cheshire. Parker studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design in 1974 and Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1975. She received her MFA from Reading University in 1982. Parker is best known for large-scale installations such as Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991), first shown at the Chisenhale Gallery in Bow, East London for which she had a garden shed blown up by the British Army and suspended the fragments as if suspending the explosion process in time. In the centre was a light which cast the shadows of the wood dramatically on the walls of the room. This inspired an orchestral composition of the same name by Joo Yeon Sir. Parker’s compelling transformations of familiar, everyday objects investigate the nature of matter, test physical properties and play on private and public meaning and value. Parker has had major solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1998), Deitch Projects, New York (1998), ICA Boston (2000), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, (2010) and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2015) among many others.