How to: Academy - An evening with poet Alice Oswald and painter William Tillyer
Alice Oswald, widely regarded as the finest living British poet and William Tillyer, the most versatile British artist of his generation, on NOBODY, a unique multi-media collaboration.
Nobody is a book collaboration between two art forms: inspired by each other’s promptings, poet Alice Oswald and painter William Tillyer have produced a unique crossover work. Their theme is water, which they recreate in words and images – a rush of selves and other life forms.
The marine nobody at the heart of Alice Oswald’s stunning new poem is an alias of Odysseus, one of his lost selves, adrift and unable to get home. Her words are his rhapsody, a circling shoal of sea voices which ends where Homer’s epic begins.
Join us for in evening in which word and image coalesce: in which Alice Oswald will recite her poem in its entirety and William Tillyer will project the watercolours which are its swirling and luminous source. Caught between The Odyssey and The Oresteia and not knowing either story’s conclusion, the poet goes on speaking surrounded by water. Perhaps he is only an alias of Odysseus, one of his lost selves, unable to get home. This poem is his rhapsody, a circling shoal of sea voices which ends at The Odyssey’s beginning.