This project explores women in a rural setting, looking at their unique histories and relationship to their environment. It gives voice to women who are often the invisible members of farming communities.
Drawing on twelve women from diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds living in rural Cheshire the project illuminates their viewpoints on personal isolation, financial and economic pressures, the impact of foot and mouth disease and other matters.
It is intended through the film portraits and sound projections to connect to rural communities at venues throughout Cheshire and beyond.
This is a lifelong learning project for rural communities, addressing issues of marginalised groups and the role of contemporary arts practice.
Patricia Mackinnon-Day specialises in video and installation. Her work often emerges from discussions and interviews, Her research gives voice to the ordinary, and reveals hidden identities within the transient frame of a specific context. Her practice explores historical, political and environmental contexts, often in collaboration with individuals and communities to develop videos and site-specific interventions.
This project follows in the line of some of Mackinnon-Day’s recent work in that it documents the situations and perceptions of people who fulfil a specific role in society - in this case women in farming. Their life experiences emerge through their unique narratives and the portraits produced reveal a side to farming that is hidden from public view.