A Well Trodden Path (2020)

Following Catholic Emancipation churches were built across the country and with them grew networks of mass paths. A Well Trodden Path, explores the heritage of mass paths in Lackagh Co Galway, Ireland. A web of 15 mass paths was mapped out. Fragments of old tracks, stiles and footbridges were pieced together with the recollections of older parishioners. Mass paths cut across farmland. They were respected and never ploughed. Routes were shaped depending on the condition of the land and largely ran alongside bushes and walls for shelter. The paths were walked in all weathers. A parishioner recalled taking the path with her sister and friends. It took about 2 hours. She wore her old raincoat and shoes. Across her arm she carried her good clothes to change into, after mass she changed back. Dunnett photographed traces of these paths and used them as source images to create and tone cyanotypes with a leading brand of Irish tea, a favourite of many who walked the paths. Dunnett layers her work. She is drawn to this process and how it relates to the years of footfall across the fields and the many stories attached. A Well Trodden Path is a partnership project with Dr Hilary Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University. Dr Hilary Bishops website: https://www.findamassrock.com
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