Timeline (2018 – 2020), 2020
Collected striped sea pebbles, organic wheat flour, water, sea salt
131 × 19 × 5 cm (to be continued)
Timeline is an ongoing project started in 2018, and which builds on a collecting process and a compositional practice. The act of collecting suffuses many of Missika’s bodies of work as it grows from observation and acts of caring – be it for other artworks and artists, reclaimed or causal materials, fragments of nature. Here, he looks at pebbles, stripped pebbles more precisely, gathering them at every opportunity – as many and as big as his hands and pockets can hold. An then he cares for this humble collection, assembles his findings and arranges them in relation to one another, literally ali(g)ning them to create a stripe-time-continuum in a salt-dough slab. The salted bread composition of stones stands as an imbrication of subjectivity, growing with and from the artist’s gesture, and as a(nother) “living archive” that expands the notion of a shared stance of time. Baking each slab himself and at home and sharing the recipe, Missika imparts the daily and the familiar in this ever-growing work.