A very long party

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May 2008, no. 301

Unstill Life: Art, politics and living with Clifton Pugh by Judith Pugh

Allen & Unwin, $32.95 pb, 360 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Self-Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

by Irena Sibley

Lytlewode Press, $60 hb, 306 pp

A very long party

by
May 2008, no. 301

Marry an artist? Never! So I always thought, and reading these autobiographies does nothing to change my prejudice. Married to artists, both Judith Pugh and Irena Sibley spend a good deal of their time cooking and, even more, socialising. Not that they mind. Judith declares that ‘cooking was my deep pleasure’, essential to the story of her life with Clifton (‘Clif’) Pugh. Irena concedes facetiously, ‘it’s too hard painting pictures. It is easier to bake cakes.’ The importance of food is apparent in the chapter titles. Eleven of Sibley’s chapters refer to food, while all of Pugh’s have subheadings that, typically, jumble up evocative ingredients.

Vivien Gaston reviews 'Unstill Life: Art, politics and living with Clifton Pugh' by Judith Pugh and 'Self-Portrait of the Artist’s Wife' by Irena Sibley

Unstill Life: Art, politics and living with Clifton Pugh

by Judith Pugh

Allen & Unwin, $32.95 pb, 360 pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Self-Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

by Irena Sibley

Lytlewode Press, $60 hb, 306 pp

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