Mass (Colder Darker Matter) 1997
Charcoal retrieved from a church struck by lightning, Lytle, Texas, USA
366 x 320 x 320cm
The artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
© the artist
Photo: Tate Photography
Cornelia Parker's art has been described as an 'imaginative investigation into the nature of matter'. She tests the physical properties of substances and things, at the same time playing on their public and private symbolic meaning. Her methods of exploration have included suspending, exploding, crushing and stretching. Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View was made by blowing up a garden shed and its contents, and then hanging the scorched and mutilated fragments in a cluster around a single light bulb.