Shoplifting in Wolworths and Other Acts of Material Disobedience
When Paula Chambers was a girl she used to steal things from Woolworths. These small acts of defiance were dangerous and thrilling; they made her feel like an outlaw. The sculpture and installation works in this exhibition re-enact the artist’s girlish disobedience through objects made and found.
These sculptural works are intrinsically domestic, the objects and materials from which they are constructed are the things of home, the stuff of femininity. Yet they unsettle our expectations of the homeliness of home, for it would appear that the women and girls implied by the sculpture and installation exhibited have rebelled, they have become domestic pirates.