Medium: Installation: cloth soaked in liquid soot, wooden bars, industrial pulley wheels, and rope
Size: 5.4 x 4.2 x 3.6 m
MacKinnon-Day received her M.A. in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art, London, her B.A. in Fine Art from Liverpool School of Arts Media and Design, and her B.Ed. in Fine Art & Theology from Liverpool University. She has earned grants and awards including: Travel Research Award to Ettelbruck psychiatric hospital in Luxembourg, Liverpool John Moores University, 1998; Artists Individual Development Grant, North West Arts Board, 1998; Travel Research Award to attend the Littoral in Ireland- Critical sites conference, Dublin, 1998; Arts Development Fund Grant, Chester City Council, 1997; Research and Exhibition Award, A4E Arts Council of England, 1997; and Visual Arts Award, Chester County Council, 1996.
A recurring theme in her work is that of past people, places, historic communities, and vanished cultures. By reconstituting these disparate elements, she evokes what is gone and reconstructs the past in metaphor. The Shroud was completed after an intense period of research into an area of Glasgow which no longer exists where MacKinnon-Day was brought up. She focused on a particular community, researched archival material, traced and interviewed different people from that community. The Shroud on one level explores decay, people, and the Church; on another, it juxtaposes the concrete and the symbolic. It contains themes that have a sense of the absence, the loss, and the residue of human presence and events.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: Vulnerable Spaces, The Whitworth, Manchester, 2001; The Dormitory, Oriel 31, Newtown, 2000; Recorded Matter, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth, Devon, 1998; Shroud, Wrexham Arts Centre, North Wales and Collins Gallery, Stathclyde University, Glasgow, 1997; and Asperges, British Embassy, London, 1994.
Her selected group shows include: Fifteen Years of Women's Art, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999; Riser, Center for the Arts, Cardiff, 1999; All in the Mind CORE, The Atrium Gallery, Coopers and Lybrand, London and Turnpike Gallery, Greater Manchester, 1998; The Mag Collection: Image based art in Britain in the late 20th century, The Ferons Art Gallery, Hull; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; and Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham, 1997-'89; Wax Works, Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, 1997; Ekaterinburg Exchange, Sverdlovsk Museum, Russia, 1996; New Scottish Art, Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, 1996; Skin, Atkinson Gallery, Southport, 1995; Liverpool Open, Quiggins Gallery, Liverpool, 1995; Making a Mark, The Mall Gallery, London, 1994; and A Question of Drawing, Atlantis Gallery, London, 1994.