Friday, 20 April 2007
Cornelia Parker : Embryo Firearms, 1995
This sculpture is depicting the the beginnings of two guns, but they are not fully formed and are still just two shaped lumps of metal. Cornelia Parker is interested in how the viewer reads this sculpture i.e. the powerful metaphor that two shaped pieces of metal can convey. So the viewer is looking at shaped metal; but the symbolism is strong.
The two objects sit together harmoniously as one sculpture i.e. they are identical and symmetrical - there is no discordance in the object itself. However, the metaphor of what they are, and are capable of, for me resounds a huge discordance.