Home (dis)comforts

Chambers, Paula (2018) Home (dis)comforts. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

The output is a solo exhibition called Home dis(Comforts), comprising a series of sculptures made from domestic objects. Research process: In the exhibition, overlooked and undervalued domestic objects have been transformed as sculpture, activated through careful manipulation of the materiality of femininity to disrupt purpose and intention. Research insights: In Home (dis)Comforts found domestic objects perform uncanny narratives of feminist discontent. Items of furniture alongside other feminized domestic objects perform a kind of unhomeliness that can be seen to trouble Freud’s reading of the uncanny as the return of the repressed, a contemporary feminism haunted by the unresolved past. Together these sculptural objects form an installation that addresses current concerns around the precarious concept of home, and of the persistent yet problematic alignment of femininity to domesticity. Home (dis)Comforts poses an alternate understanding of home as a place where women can create a site of resistance as well as comfort. Dissemination: The exhibition was shown at Dye House Gallery, Bradford, 16 April – 4 May 2018.

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