New novel presents the life and work of Eileen McHugh, an unknown artist
Eileen McHugh, a life remade is a novel by Philip Spires, published in June 2020 by Free-eBooks.net and is also free from the author's website.
By: Philip Spires
Eileen McHugh - a life remade by Mary Reynolds is a completely free downloadable book in various formats and is a public domain document, so it can be forwarded to friends, shared or displayed wherever anyone might wish.
Eileen McHugh is an sculptor. She seeks no avenues of compromise in her work. Her career was short and unnoticed. Paradoxically, one of her works has achieved viral status on the internet via a photograph posted in the name of Mary Reynolds, who now wants to create a biography of the artist and a discussion of her work so that she can create a museum to display it. She has contacted Eileen's mother and has the artist's sketchbooks and notes.
Eileen wanted to tell stories in her work, stories that arose out of the detritus of people's lives, their bits and pieces of discarded trash. Her art, at one stage, is described as 'off the wall' as well as on it. The form of the book, however, repeatedly illustrates how lives themselves mirror this state. The lives of people who knew the artist come to mimic new works created by Eileen, assemblages of life's discarded bits and pieces.
The novel begins in West Yorkshire, UK, migrates to London for art college, visits Thailand on a hippie trip and finishes in New Jersey. But the people who contribute to Eileen McHugh's story are scattered across the world by the time they are contacted, forty years after the events.
Eileen McHugh did not exist, but her story in this novel creates a plausible biography and corpus of her work.
Eileen McHugh, a life remade, is a project, which indeed is part of the story. The author will accept donations from anyone who might wish to support two projects - a new piano for Alfas del Pi Classical Music Society and the commissioning and exhibition of new works for the Klein-Schreuder Sculpture Garden, Alfas del Pi, Spain.