Thirty Pieces of Silver by Cornelia Parker
Photograph by Shannon Tofts.
London-based sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker has an affinity for smashing things. According to her bio, the artist “is fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’—steamrollering, shooting full of holes, falling from cliffs and explosions.” So it makes perfect sense that in Thirty Pieces of Silver, the artist had 1,116 silver objects flattened with a steamroller so that she could turn them into this thought-provoking, suspended installation.
Throwback Thursday - Ever wonder how we filmed the opening crawl? Now you know.
Cartography portraits - Ed Fairburn
Ed Fairburn explains, ‘I paint, draw and construct using a flexible range of tangible media across a wide range of surfaces and contexts, allowing my practice to exist across various disciplines.’
This quote by the artist really links in with this brief as I am required to combine two processes to complete my final design, so looking at Fairburn’s work really has given me inspiration from a technical perspective not just visually.
Anni Albers, Jewelry, 1940s. It was designed with student Alex Reed at Black Mountain College, and inspired by the Columbian Jewelry of Monte Albàn. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. All rights reserved.
During WW II, when materials were in short supply, Anni Albers invented ways to create elegant objects using simple components found in the household, in hardware shops and stationery stores. Like Bobby Pin and Ball Chain, Strainer and Paper Clips, Petite Washers and Ribbon. DIY instructions can be found online.