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Cornelia Parker (1956–) is an English artist, best known for her bold sculptures and installation art. She was born in Cheshire to a German mother who was a nurse in the Luftwaffe during World War II. Her British grandfather fought in the Battle of the Somme in World War. I Parker first studied at Gloucester College of Art in 1974, earned a Bachelor’s degree at Wolverhampton Polytechnic, and then went on to study for a Master’s degree at Reading University, graduating in 1982.