Cornelia Parker (b. 1956, Cheshire, United Kingdom) is known for her large-scale installations that act as reconstructions, manipulations and juxtapositions of cultural material and expose the fragility of human experience. Blending human and natural forces, her installations are eerie and provocative and force the viewer to observe the transformation of ordinary objects into something ethereal in order to play on both the meaning and value of the artwork. Parker will transform mundane objects by burning, shooting, squashing or stretching them in order to challenge our notion of potential. Parker was an Artpace resident in 1997 where she began exploring the act of destruction as a form of creation, a method that can be seen in the Heart of Darkness installation and other works by the artist in the permanent collection.