This piece is one of a series of drawings by Cornelia Parker made by carefully scorching a piece of paper, with a heated poker. Folded and unfolded to create a grid like structure, the paper is singed and burned in a precise way as to keep the formulaic grid layout – no mean feat as there is only so much control that can be exerted over a hot metal rod and a flammable surface. Parker has spoken of her fondness for working with grids in interviews, describing them as a way of ‘formalising something that can’t be formalised – damage, emotions.’
Red Hot Poker Drawing
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Paper folded and burnt with a hot poker56.5 x 84 cmCourtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London© 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.