This piece is an image of a detail from Parker’s War Room
installation. First shown at the Whitworth in Manchester, and recreated at Tate Britain for our 2022 retrospective of the artist’s work, it is made up of the perforated red paper negatives left over from production of remembrance poppies. Two layers of the sheets are suspended from the ceiling, on a huge scale to give viewers a sense of the ‘enormity of loss’ involved in war.
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Perforated paper negatives left over from production of remembrance poppies 2248 x 873 x 575 cm Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph: Anna Kučera © 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.