Artist’s Statement: I recorded Mykl O’Dempsey singing this in England back in the late 1990s. “Ice on the Water” has accompanied me through the years and I have often thought about what images I would like to add. It was only after I had begun creating the opening skating figure during the coronavirus confinement in Spain at the beginning of 2020, that I found something click into place in the text and finally got an insight into what it is about. Over 20 years after recording him, I sent the animation to Mykl who’d forgotten that I’d even recorded the song. Now living in New Zealand (where I was born), he was amazed to see what I’d done. You can read more about his reaction and the story behind the piece on my blog.
About The Author
Charles Olsen is a poet and artist from New Zealand currently based in Spain. He has published two poetry collections, Sr Citizen (2011) and Antípodas (2016). In 2018 he received the III Antonio Machado Poetry Residency of Segovia and Soria. His paintings have been exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona, Oporto, Paris, Wellington, and the Saatchi Gallery, London. In 2020/21, together with the Colombian writer Lilián Pallares, he was a resident artist at CRA Matadero Madrid. He has contributed essays to The Poetics of Poetry Film (Intellect Books, 2021). Find him on charlesolsen.es
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