Kristin Perrett - To Catch a Thief
5 July - 9 August 2002
Claus Oldenburg sculpture, Steve McQueen in The
Getaway, guns & robbers and 1970's embroidered garments.
This eclectic collection formed the inspiration to the
detailed and intricate designs in this suite of guns.
The title To Catch a Thief refers to a 1955
Alfred Hitchcock movie, starring Cary Grant and Grace
Kelly. The hero (a falsely-accused former cat burglar)
has to catch the real cat burglar (a 'she-cat') before
he himself is caught, while the heroine is on a quest
to 'catch' him - first as the burglar, and then as a
To Catch a Thief is like the film in that it
is loaded with double meanings and double chase. The
cool, sleek, metallic surface of an M3 shotgun is transformed
into a floppy, hand stitched, stuffed replica - the
end result being a humorous, satirical play on the "jewels"
of the big boy's toy's.