About the Artist: Maika‘i Tubbs Maika‘i Tubbs began making art from recycled trash in New York, where he noticed trash bags piled as tall as him appearing and disappearing daily. Having earned a BFA in painting from the Uni- versity of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2002, he moved to New York for graduate stud- ies at Parsons School of Design, where he completed an MFA in 2015. Much of his early work includes sculpture and instal- lations with melted and repurposed plas- tics, whose color and sheen remain in the Photo courtesy of the artist finished work. More recent installations include rocks made from fusions of beach plastic, cigarette butts, cardboard, plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam, and other trash materials, inspired by “plastiglomerate,” an anthropogenic stone that geologists identify as a by-product of human pollution. Cur- rently based in Brooklyn, Tubbs was born in Hawai‘i, where this aggluti- nate marker of the current Anthropocene epoch is a startling reminder of man’s impact on the environment, especially where it is found accumulat- ing in coastal areas such as Kamilo Beach on the island of Hawai‘i and Kahuku Beach on O‘ahu. Seductive and conceptually challenging, Tubbs’s work confronts us with our complicity
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 12, 2018
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