Eileen McHugh - a life remade

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Eileen McHugh - a life remade - is a novel about a sculptor whose creative life ended in the 1970s. She left no work, but now an archive of her notes and sketches has come into the possession of Mary Reynolds, who is determined to resurrect the artist's life and reconstruct her work. She contacts people who knew Eileen as a child and as a student in London. She follows the artist on a hippie trip to Thailand. Via these partial memories, she recreates the artist and her work.

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Remaking a life

Let us imagine an artist who struggled to complete anything, left near-unintelligible notes and was probably incompetent in the use of ma... Read Chapter


London   She was just eighteen when London claimed her. The town itself was older, but to the naïve teenager arriving at ar... Read Chapter


Eileen   A document in Marion’s box was one of the first written assignment her daughter did in college. It was clearly an... Read Chapter


Journal   During her first term in college, Eileen clearly had time on her hands. She saw a lot of the walls of her rented r... Read Chapter


Sculptures   Again, I presume this was an introductory exercise. It was handwritten on lined paper, and later folded and tap... Read Chapter


Linda   We shared photographs of the trio's life in Muswell Hill. The end of the nineteen-sixties was an era when photograph... Read Chapter


Home   Rauschenberg did a goat through a tyre. Life stuffed through a dirty collar, death wrapped in rubber. Stuffed animal ... Read Chapter


Marion   Deep down, Eileen McHugh knew how similar she was to her mother, but in her youth, she refused to admit it. Indeed,... Read Chapter


John   John Daly has to be a crucial figure in this remaking of Eileen’s life and work. We have met him earlier in the sto... Read Chapter

What's this>

What’s This?   Eileen’s most viewed work was anonymous. It stayed in place for some years and probably caused a smile or... Read Chapter


Helen   This was another assignment from Eileen’s first term in art college. It was submitted handwritten within the pages... Read Chapter


Martin Martin Colbrooke was the first contact I made. He proved to be an invaluable source of information on Eileen’s family backgr... Read Chapter

Imagine no more LSD

Imagine no more LSD   This work was the first Eileen did during her second year at college. It was topical, even political, ... Read Chapter

Swiss women vote

Swiss Women Vote!   This was a piece from Eileen’s first year, imagined but never completed during the second term, probab... Read Chapter


Jazz   I assemble bits. Bits and pieces. It’s what I do. Bits and pieces. Because when we step back and look at life, it... Read Chapter


Charlotte   Eileen’s first visit to Pinner was much planned. Charlotte told her repeatedly not to worry, that her parents ... Read Chapter


Time   We had all suddenly woken up to Caspar David Friedrich. I don’t know how it all started. We went to the exhibition ... Read Chapter


Virus Eileen McHugh changed direction when she began Virus. Until then, she had always maintained that she wanted to create objects t... Read Chapter


Tom   Eileen’s father, Thomas at the font and Tom thereafter, was at least on the surface a very steady sort. His own fath... Read Chapter


Don   They set off as planned. For Charlotte, of course, there was no reason not to, apart from her unstated fear that Eilee... Read Chapter


Hli   Without Hli, Eileen McHugh would have been completely forgotten. It was her memories from Thailand that started the pr... Read Chapter

Don't ride a bike in flip-flops

Don’t ride a bike in flip-flops   Art’s ultimate beauty is that it’s a mirror to life. But it’s a mirror that only m... Read Chapter


Tony   My name is Tony. You have met me already, but you may not associate the toddler in northern Thailand with the owner o... Read Chapter


Foundation   Indeed, what’s in the name? I suspected at the start of this remaking of Eileen McHugh that contacting people... Read Chapter

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