On April 13th 2020, award-winning circus artist Martin Riedel‘s father Andreas Riedel passed away. It was a complicated relationship, exacerbated by his father’s lifetime of alcoholism, which made navigating grief all the more difficult for Riedel. So he did what artists do, he created.
While in isolation in Norway (a gorgeous backdrop) he created a piece of art in his discipline (Chinese pole) to help him explore his thoughts and feelings, weaving in the words of wisdom his father shared with him at the end of his life. Riedel says the resulting work, The Easy Path is his artistic approach to reflect on the many challenges in life, “It was quite hard to deal with so many rocks in my path, but life goes on and we need to deal with these obstacles. My art was the only way to handle the grief.”
Riedel says he hopes the video will inspires other artists to explore difficult terrain, “Other artists should seek for their own stories, and not speak if they have nothing to tell. Listen carefully and seek inspiration within. We all have stories and these will make your art speak when the time has come. That is the way you will be authentic.” Riedel plans to develop a show based on this film and to tour schools with it next year.
The film was produced and edited by Mathias Ramfelt.
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