I came home from the US launch of serpentine loop in August 2016 to find artist Aileen Penner had spent part of her two weeks housesitting creating beautiful things in our backyard. One of these she left as a gift. Aileen, who skated competitively in her youth, based the piece on my book. We met at SFU’s Writer’s Studio in 2006 but I had forgotten that fact. I think she captured the layering of ice perfectly. I love the texture – and the fact she used ball point pen! Up close the piece smells of beeswax.