Though at first glance it could be mistaken for a painting, this piece is a photograph of peeling, rusting paintwork that Cornelia Parker spotted on the side of a bomb disposal vessel, in the courtyard of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Found images and objects such as these are a key tenet of Parker’s work, exploring how time or outside influences can transform the significance of ordinary objects. Parker’s image exploits the serendipity of the placement of rust streaks, like rain or rays of sunshine emanating from the underside of the ‘cloud’.
Cloud Burst (Jerusalem)
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Photograph, C-Type print on paper_x000D_62 x 47 cm_x000D_Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London_x000D_© Cornelia Parker
Cornelia Parker (b. 1956, Cheshire, UK) is a visual artist considered one of the UK's most acclaimed contemporary artists. Best known for her large-scale installations and sculpture, Parker also works across a variety of other mediums, including drawing, photography and embroidery. Always driven by curiosity, she reconfigures domestic objects to question our relationship with the world. Using transformation, playfulness and storytelling, she engages with important issues of our time, be it violence, ecology or human rights. In 2010 she was made an OBE and elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, and her work has been exhibited globally is and held in collections all over the world, including Tate’s.