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Pat Counihan, 74
from the Women over sixty series 1991

gelatin silver photograph, fibre-tipped pen
22.7 × 22.8 cm (image)
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on mount l.l.: Pat Counihan, 74 / Being a widow is sad, although I’ve adapted to it. / For many women ... finally you have no responsibilities to the / children, you retire from work and have more time for each other ... / ... then the man becomes ill and dies. / It’s a loss. Although I’m busy and involved it’s a kind of / half life. I lack an intelligent, loving companion. I always had a / full and separate life but I always regarded Noel’s work as more / important. You sacrifice for the one you love - you do it for your / children, why not for your man? / For some people, grandchildren become a substitute, but I’ve never / been more a mother or a grandmother than a lover and / companion to my husband.
inscribed in pencil on reverse l.l.: Pat Counihan, 74 from “Women Over 60” © Ruth Maddison 1991
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist, 1995
© Ruth Maddison
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Gallery location
Not on display