To commemorate the life of artist Charlie Whisker, who has died, we're revisiting the moving RTÉ short documentary featuring Charlie and his daughter Domino made in 2020 - watch above.
The desire to communicate and, above all, to write letters is an unexpected bonus of lockdown.
Letters from Lockdown is a series of short films, each featuring a letter from one person to another, a reflection on an aspect of the situation we all find ourselves in, whether it is separation from loved ones, concerns about mental health, the breakdown of the rituals we hold so dear...
Artist Charlie Whisker has work in many varied and high places. He has works in the private collections of people from Bono to Steven Soderbergh. He has directed music videos in LA, including winning a grammy for his work with Bob Dylan. But he's also Domino Whisker’s Dad.
Charlie was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's 7 years ago at the age of 63. At the time of the devastating news, Domino, an artist herself, had plans to live in New York City, but after only one day there, she flew home to Dublin and never left. Caring for her father since her return, they lived together for two years in Ringsend before the decision was taken to move Charlie to a nursing home just over two years ago. Since then, Domino's main focus has been almost daily visits to her father, taking him out on day trips to Seapoint for an ice cream, drives with his favourite music blaring, or in more recent times, sitting by his bedside, chatting, singing, sharing news.... until now.
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In this time of coronavirus and lockdown, family and friends are unable to visit their loved ones living in nursing homes. Domino's daily visits have been replaced by no visits at all, from one extreme to the other. This has led Domino to put pen to paper and write a letter to her beloved Dad...