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Maika‘i Tubbs

Winter Workspace 2018

 Pictured Above: Underneath My Skin, 2017, SCOBY, marine plastic collected from Kahuku Beach on O‘ahu, Hawai'i, 42 in x 120 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Maika‘i Tubbs is interested in how nature is adapting to manmade waste problems and looking at ways to combine organic and artificial matter harmoniously. He is currently working with live bacterial cultures to find ways to utilize marine microplastic that avoid the release of harmful gases.

During the Winter Workspace, Tubbs will be using the microbial leather to cast river rocks found at the Wave Hill site while laminating microplastic between the layers. The final pieces will be rock forms made of this bacteria-microplastic hybrid. The artist will be using bacteria harvested mostly in the summer and fall to have enough material to use during the colder months.

Maika‘i Tubbs will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays on February 25 and March 4 from 1-3PM.

Learn more about the artist here


Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.