quote 05:07:52 British sculptor Cornelia Parker has big plans.
“I’d love to do something like put a piece of moon rock on Mars and a piece of Mars on the moon, a sort of reverse archaeology,” she said while in San Francisco recently to install her two-work show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. No land artist or found-object sculptor has thought this big before. And, in Texas eight years ago on an artist’s residency, Parker got as far as interesting NASA in her proposal to send a meteor back into space.
“They seemed very enthusiastic,” she said, “but I think they had a lot of political problems around that time, there was all this anti-NASA stuff. Then I got back to London, and tried to do it long-distance, and it was much harder. And there was all this talk about why are we spending American tax dollars supporting a British artist. It got a lot more problematic. So I thought about approaching the Russians.” A ripple of laughter announced that that move never got beyond the thinking stage.
Kenneth Baker quoting artist Cornelia Parker in Parker doesn’t stop with lightning and fire — she’s even eyed outer space, from the SF Chronicle in December 2005.