Under what circumstances would you build a barricade in your home; an improvised and temporary obstruction, put together hastily prevents or delays the movement of an enemy or opponent; an obstacle positioned intentionally to either shut in, or to shut out.
“Domestic Front” is a barricade constructed from the feminine clutter of home, worn and disused furniture appears to have assembled itself in the gallery space, ‘manned’ uncannily by dozens of paper and plywood cut-outs of women with guns. Most often associated with insurgency and rebellion, this particular barricade presents a disruptive and resistant view of the idea of home, and of women’s traditional roles as homemaker and home-keeper.
Paula Chambers has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally; with a back catalogue of solo shows, including most recently “Transcendental Housework” at Stockport Art Gallery, and “Domestic Pirate” at Show Space, London. Paula studied under Griselda Pollock at the University of Leeds for the MA Feminist History, Theory, Criticism and Practice in the Visual Arts. Paula is currently Principal Lecturer on BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture Strand Leader, at Leeds College of Art. She is undertaking a practice‐led PhD at Middlesex University.