Irish Pilgrim was conceived in the course of a series of walks and meanderings that took place over an eight-day period in late June 2007. Accompanied by her spouse Claude Baillargeon, photographer Katy McCormick—an American of Irish descent—set out to explore her ancestral lands.
Loosely skirting the coast from Dublin to Galway, they followed the paths of both ancient and modern peoples, discovering a stunning landscape marked by centuries of spiritual devotion, artistic expression, and territorial conflicts. The resulting photographs bear witness to their enchantment with Ireland’s kissing rain, its glistening emerald shades, and the harsh beauty of its rocky coasts and Islands.
Katy McCormick is a photo-based artist working in Toronto. She studied Fine Arts with Harry Reese and Richard Ross at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in printmaking, artists books, and photography, and graduated with a BFA in 1984. She obtained her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987, studying with Joyce Neimanas. In the 1990s, she photographed extensively in French gardens. Today, her work focuses on commemorative sites, revealing narratives and social histories embedded in landscapes. Nikkei Ground Zero: Revisiting American and Canadian Japanese Internment, begun Sept 2012 examines sites formerly used in the relocation and imprisonment of the Japanese Diaspora in WWII. Other works examine histories related to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Destinies Made Manifest: Reading the Washington Mall explores her American roots while probing the process of monument making and its role in the construction of historical narratives.