Louis “Masai” Michel: The Message
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am– Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Tue-Sat 10 am–6 pm
Look for Aerial and Ursula among Louis “Masai” Michel’s work exploring our relationship with plastic items that often end up as trash in the sea. See a group of paintings of marine species that have been directly affected by ocean plastics, several text-based artworks bringing attention to specific types of plastics that often make their way into sea, and cyanotype prints of beach-found seaweed that have been hand embellished with paintings of fishing net.
Over the past three years, Michel has been collecting refuse from the beaches of Margate, England, melting plastic items them into letterform moulds in order to create his text-based artworks. Multiple installation elements include an interactive piece where viewers are encouraged to reflect upon their relationship with plastic and to write an affirmation as a reminder to reduce their plastic use; and place it inside one of many recycled plastic bottles hanging within the gallery.