From the dusty corners of the museum…Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker, "The Negative of Whispers", 1997. Ear plugs made of dust collected at the Whispering Gallery in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

Cornelia Parker, “The Negative of Whispers”, 1997. Ear plugs made of dust collected at the Whispering Gallery in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. (Image: Baltic, via One Night At The Sands)

I am more curious about the elements that, by being so widespread, are usually for that very reason shielded from view. The voices of dust, the soul of dust, these interest me a lot more than flowers, trees or horses because I take them to be stranger. -Jean Debuffet

Another artist enamoured with dust is British sculptor Cornelia Parker, perhaps best known for her 1991 work Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, or her 1997 Turner Prize nomination. Her 1997 piece “The Negative of Whispers”, for example, is a set of earplugs crafted from dust collected in the Whispering Gallery of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Continue reading