Artist: Mimi Haddon
Exhibition: Touch Color 2
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About The Artist
Mimi Haddon is an artist who obtained her degree from California State University, Long Beach in graphic design. Currently, Haddon is a graduate student attending the School of Art’s Fiber Program. She has interests in photography, fiber art, yarn, thread, clothing, sculpting, sewing, and anything that has been used in contemporary art forms. Besides investing time creating artworks that derive mainly from t-shirts, Haddon has a great interest in photography. She stated how many of her artworks were based off of photos that she has taken, such as her balloon wall piece. In addition, Haddon is very environmentally friendly individual because she stated how she would like to reuse objects, especially worn t-shirts and other types of fibers, within her art pieces.
Haddon’s work within the art exhibit were derived from many types of fibers, especially used t-shirts. Initially starting off with around 100 t-shirts, Haddon obtained more t-shirts through donations or purchases. She stated that she obtains t-shirts from goodwill or donations. Haddon mentions how she was inspired by other artists, her photography, or through color theory. Most her artwork were enormous and took a large amount of room. It is evident that her interest in color theory is executed in her artwork, for her beautiful artworks contain a variety of colors that work together to create a bold, bright, and colorful appeal. The art pieces contained a relatively soft, smooth, and straight look.
When Haddon was talking about the inspiration she obtained for the balloon art piece, she stated how it all derived from a photo she took in the arcade at the Santa Monica Pier. She stated how she took a photo of what appears to be deflated balloons. That photo stuck out to her and she produced a magnificent art piece to mimic the photo she took with cut pieces of many t-shirts. In addition, she wanted to expand the idea how t-shirts can be a costume for many objects, such as walls, rather than just for humans. It is evident in her balloon art piece how Haddon utilized t-shirt materials to make a “costume” for the wall. Besides the costume idea, Haddon wanted to expand on the idea that clothes has many purposes even after they are worn out.
Synthesis / My Experience
After going to many art exhibits, I have never seen anything like Mimi Haddon’s work. From previous experiences, I have only seen artworks that mainly involve paintings. However, Haddon’s art is very unique because she uses fibers, especially t-shirts, to express her ideas by combining many pieces of different colored fibers together. Her artwork quickly caught my attention as I walked in the room because most of her art pieces were huge and very bright. In addition, I really like the idea behind the balloon art piece because I can relate it to my life. When she was talking about how individuals can feel “deflated” it spoke out to me. Being in college, I believe that many students are weighed down,stressed, and tired from school as well as things they have to encounter outside of school. As a result, the deflated balloon symbolizes the feeling of being stress, tired, and weighed down. Although Haddon did not want to take any photos, I will always remember her values and unique artwork because it is relates to my life in many ways.