Working Girls comprises sculptural works, installation and film, and includes works created specifically for the Whitaker made in response to the history of women mill workers in the region.
Paula Chambers is an artist, academic and arts educator. She makes sculpture and installation as a material-led investigation of women’s histories of ambivalence.
Chambers’ sculptural practice is led by a disruptive engagement with found domestic objects materialised as a feminist strategy of resistance.
Chambers’ sculptures and installation works perform narratives of disobedience; in each, items of furniture and other domestic materials, come together with handcrafted sculptural objects constructed from the stuff of home, the overlooked and undervalued objects of the material culture of feminine domesticity. Yet these objects that reference ornamentation or domestic furnishings are misleading, for their feminine materiality has been put to use in a manner that suggests feminist rebellion.
For the first week of the exhibition, Chambers will also showcase “Feminist Escape Route: Attempt No. 8”, a special additional installation, in the Old Stables.
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