In Tonic, Michael Sikkema offers a multimodal image-sound collage. The reader of this text walks two paths, braided. One track follows a series of Niedecker-esque documentations of hyper-local sounds: “11:00 train 3 minutes early”; “motor bike / runs the gears”; “great lake shhhissphssshh”; “low bacon rain.” The other treads on leaves of comic book and nature magazine scraps, assembled into onomatopoeiac collages in which the all-caps snarls, booms, and thups of superhero realms spring from mollusk shells, butterflies, groves of trees, and single leaves. The product of a meditative practice, Tonic makes for a nutritious intoxicant. Drink with us.
Michael Sikkema is interested in field recordings, foley art, sound maps, animal communication, ecology and symbiosis, the wood wide web, visual poetry, collage, antique erotica, and knives.