Triste Galet, 2020
Extruded polystyrene, pebbles, plastic crates
Stranded on the shore of the Aegean Sea, a piece of extruded polystyrene, made by humans but shaped by the sea, was scooped and preserved by the artist in the summer of 2018.
Adopted by the waters of the Global Ocean, Triste Galet tells the story of a foreigner raised by the Earth’s hydrologic and geologic systems. Like Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stories, Missika reunites this petroleum pebble with their family, the fellow mineral pebbles. Laid atop an architecture of coloured plastic crates filled with stones, this sea-shaped polymer, tells a story of the Plasticocene.