Wandering With the Horizon at Your Fingertips
Wandering With the Horizon at Your Fingertips, 2019
Manganese black and endorsing ink on wall
The notion of scale, of the body’s size is central to the artist’s work. In this performative action carried out in situ, he marked the wall with his fingerprints at the highest reach of his right hand, using powdered manganese dissolved in black water-based stamp ink. In the Pyrenees, manganese deposits are mined deep underground. Here, the artist interprets a ritual performed 27,000 years ago: the making of handprints with ochre and man ganese oxide in the Grotto of Gargas. Roaming with the horizon at his fingertips, he seizes distances, makes them material, transmutes them into actions. To draw a horizon line at body height is to introduce a personal measurement into space and time.