Art & Life
Edited by Perpetua Durack Clancy
Paperback, 278 pages, $29.95
It is extraordinarily difficult to reconcile
painting and living … To live, one must compromise; to paint one must be so
utterly ruthless that any sane person would see that the game is not worth the
candle. Still it burns brightly and sweetly.
-- Elizabeth Durack.
Art & Life contains extracts from diaries,
letters, essays, travelogues and poetry written by Elizabeth Durack (1915–2000)
over the course of seven decades. With
wit and candour, the writing reveals some of the most important influences and episodes
– and the paradox – of her life. Durack read and travelled widely and drew
inspiration from many sources: from the men and women she knew; from classical
Western and ancient Aboriginal traditions; and from contemporary politics.
I can’t really live without Eddie Burrup
now. He has become a part of me – Me – in fact. I can’t go on, or get on,
without him. I know he is an antiquated version of Aboriginality and that the
Albert Barungas & Co now lie in the past, yet I hoped this ilk could live
on: gidgi-gidgi – h’arm-in-h’arm, blackfella–whitefella – that the right
For much of her life and for different
reasons, Elizabeth Durack’s views have challenged orthodoxy but she has held steadfastly to them as social
opinion swirled around her. -- Maureen Smith.
. . .
claiming ‘cultural appropriation’ seems to me like a self-evident legitimate
truth. But there is another truth: it is
the experience of Elizabeth – profound, transformative, inventive, creative. These are two truths. They stand as
separate truths.---- Tom Stephens.
Perpetua Durack Clancy, daughter of Elizabeth
and Frank, was born in Sydney NSW. She attended Loreto Convent in Melbourne and
Perth and is a graduate of the UWA. She has been a teacher and art curator in
many parts of Australia and the world. She lives now in the hills northeast of
Perth, Western Australia.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 30 May, 2016.