Neither From Nor Towards


Cornelia Parker
This installation features bricks from a row of houses that fell off the white cliffs of Dover. Found by the artist on a remote shoreline between Folkestone and Dover, the bricks have been shaped by the crashing waves over many years. Parker was fascinated by the drama, describing the process as a 'perfect cartoon death'. She suspended the bricks on wires from the gallery ceiling to form a house shape. It is difficult to tell if the artist has represented the house mid-fall, or if she has undertaken a process of resurrection. Violent incidents lie at the heart of Cornelia Parker's work. She was short listed for the Turner Prize in 1997 on the strength of installations such as 'Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View', 1991, which involved the suspension of charred remnants of a garden shed that had been blown up, at her request, by the army. Unlike 'Cold Dark Matter', however, the bricks that make up 'Neither From Nor Towards' have been shaped over years, not seconds. Natalie Rudd
  • Artwork Details: 250 x 250 x 400cm
  • Edition:
  • Material description: bricks and wire
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC4/2003

Explore this Artwork

This artwork was chosen by women of Colchester to feature in Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme Exhibition, Tell me the story of all these things.


Reflecting upon the work, members of the group commented:


"I really love that the bricks themselves came from houses that fell into the sea, were smoothed over time and then reused. So I love that principle of making something beautiful again and purposeful”


“It’s basically about strength and the strength of a stone. And the history that at the end, you know, that what it’s been through?”




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