Cornelia Parker ‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View ’, 1991, Tate Gallery
Cold Dark Matter began life as a garden shed filled with objects from her own and friends’ sheds and things bought at a car boot sale. She then asked the army to blow up the shed under very controlled conditions. The objects, along with the fragments of the shed, were collected and suspended in a closed room in an attempt to recreate the moment just after the explosion.
Walking around this installation in Tate Modern made me feel guilty – to find beauty in destruction seemed morally wrong. In nature the beauty of destruction and decay can often serve to emphasise both regeneration and the circle of life, so all these years later I choose to absorb and appreciate “beauty” in whatever guise I find it.
Gina Reese works full time at Llandaff Library.