About and CV

My practice is predominantly three-dimensional and as such can be considered sculpture. However the works themselves do not sit easily as sculptural objects, they do not conform to established notions of form and space; but rather jostle in at the edges of art practice like objects found at a car boot sale or charity shop.

My academic interests are grounded in feminism, and most recently I have been exploring ideas around disrupted domesticity, home as an internal exile, and the potential for domestic objects; furniture with memories, to subvert, upset, and deconstruct traditional understandings of women’s relationship to home.

An interest in poltergeist phenomena has led me to further investigate the agency of objects, both as inherent in materiality itself, and as an index of the maker/performer. As sculpture, domestic objects perform an uncanny dialogue that can be seen to position the disruption of domesticity as aligned to the ‘feminine’ supernatural. Feminism too is haunted by its uncanny relationship to house and home; the unresolved past returning as artwork appropriating the language of domestic dissent.

 

Biography

Paula Chambers has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally; with a growing 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; this course had a profound and long lasting impact on the focus and direction of Paula’s art practice and academic interests.

Paula is currently Principal Lecturer on BA(Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture Strand Leader, at Leeds College of Art. She is also studying for a practice-led PhD at Middlesex University.

Paula has presented at national and international conferences on subjects around feminism, contemporary art and the domestic, most recently at Theorising Motherhood in The Academy, Manhattan College, NY, and at Motherhood and Creative Practice, London Southbank University. She has been published in JourMS, The Journal of Mother Studies, and peer reviews for MaMSIE: Studies in the Maternal, and re-bus: A Journal of Art History and Theory.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016      Transcendental Housework, Stockport Art Gallery

2014      With Intent; Fanciful Objects, Batley Art Gallery

2013    Domestic Pirate, Showspace, London, and 64 Wellington St. Leeds

2012      Regretfully, Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds

2010      Bird, 20/21Gallery, Scunthorpe

2009      Precious, Ropewalk, Barton on Humber

Bottom Draw, South Square Gallery, Bradford

2008      Precious, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax

2007      Mother! Gallery II, Bradford University

2004      Gethsemane, Turton Tower, Bolton

 

Online Journals and Projects

2016     JourMS, Theorising Motherhood in the Academy https://jourms.wordpress.com/transcendental-housework/

2013     Studies in the Maternal http://www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk/visual_section

The Egg, The Womb, The Head and The Moon www.eggwombheadmoon.com

Museum of Contemporary Rubbish            http://advertisingexhibitions.co.uk/gallery

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016      Alternative Art School Fair, New York

In Dialogue: Made of all Work, The Bowery, Leeds

Tabletop Tableaux, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax

2015      Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, London

Floribunda, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax

Leeds Revisited, Dortmund Galleries, Germany

2014      BEYOND, Quad Gallery, Derby

A Day for HYSTERIA, 142-150 Arlington Rd, London

Feminist Fiesta 001, HQ, Doyce St, London

2013      Shelf Life, Shed Gallery, Ilkley

2012      Wildness Between Lines, The Gallery, Leeds College of Art

Lines of Conflict, Crescent Arts, Scarborough

Religionis Violenta, London West Bank Gallery, London

2011      10 Sculptors , Batley Art Gallery

2010      Protect, 10 Vyner Street, London

Frieze Fair Day, 10 Vyner Street London

2009      Born and Bread, Chelsea Galleries, London

2008      A Garden of Earthly Delights, Durham Cathedral

2006      Outside In, Wakefield City Art Gallery

2005      A Haunting, Sackville Street Building, Manchester University

InSpiritus, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Leeds & Oslo Cathedral, Norway

Beyond the Sublime, York Minister

2004      Haunt, Sherborne House

2003      The Labyrinth Project, Manchester City Centre

Revelation, Ripon Cathedral

Centered, Bradford Gallery

2002      The Sculpture Trail at Hebden Bridge

Hutton in the Forest, Cumbria

2001      Cuckoo Farm Sculpture Trail

2000      Radio Halo, Jodrell Bank Science Centre

Burghley House Sculpture Gardens

1999      Beacon Park Sculpture Trail

The Sculpture Trail at Hebden Bridge

1998      The Sculpture Trail at Hebden Bridge

Mother Shipton’s Caves, Knaresbrough

1997      The Sculpture Trail at Hebden Bridge

1993      Via the Heart, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Absent Bodies/Present Lives, Leeds City Art Gallery

1992      Devotion, Czech Gallery, Leeds

A Change of Image, 5th Humberside printmaking competition, Ferrens Gallery, Hull and The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester