Women in a Rural County

Women are an essential part of any community, yet their sense of belonging is often tied into gender roles, not always satisfying their sense of belonging. Mother, sister, partner, we all have women in our lives. I AM HERe is intended to mirror the voices of how men and women view women’s unique sense of belonging against the backdrop of our rural community. Lead artist Ruth Chase has sought to examine her own sense of belonging over the course of a year by asking questions through social media and taking her personal journey alongside the community. The public was invited to share their own stories about themselves or the women in their lives by participating in the public art installation.

The installation was located in downtown Nevada City, California from May 18 – June 16, 2019. The public came daily, rain or shine to engage the art in three primary ways. Over 400 people posted their comments and tied them onto the structure. They have been documented and archived for future use.

I AM HERe was a collaboration between Ruth Chase and thirteen Key Participants, designed by Ruth, built by Monica Hughes, and Sally Peterson. QR codes were linked to videos of the key participants, and a social engagement opportunity available to all who visit. The videos were filmed and edited by Will Edwards and Ruth Chase.


I AM HERe public installation
“I AM HERe” Art Installation