These unseen spaces are where the hidden trauma of community and family reside. They carry mystery, tension, and a cold atmosphere. I am interested in the Irish society and how secretive it can be; family feuds, farms being divided, illness and more being kept from children, parents, siblings and the community. In these rural spaces, communities can be very close and as a result secretive behaviours form. Secrets of the family home can spread like wildfire through rumour, leaving a cold atmosphere caused by a culture of silence. By presenting these hidden rural spaces in the white cube urban setting, the viewer can witness and experience rural issues that rarely leave the family home.
Key Words: Social, cultural, isolation, culture of silence, tainted image, rumour, community, farming, local, site-specific, process and research.
Materials: Aquatint, hard ground etching, collage, photography, photo manipulation, moving image, dry point and mono-printing.