Artist: Mimi Haddon
Exhibition: Touch Color 2
Media: Fiber Art
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
About the Artist
This week’s artist is Mimi Haddon. She received a degree from CSULB in graphic design and graduated in 1994, but is in school again to get a M.F.A in Fiber Arts. She worked as a graphic designer for two years in California before switching to photography and traveled to Paris. Through her travels, she learned photography and French and is now back in California. She has a studio in Santa Monica where she works and have others there to learn and work as well. The gallery presented during this time was focused on warm colors and how they are made from t-shirts that are donated or from Goodwill.
As I enter the gallery, I noticed many warm colors such as red, purple, blue, green, yellow, and orange. Mimi’s art was special because it was all made out of fiber. Her work was fairly random but there was a correlation of color to it which is what made it flow. The piece that caught my attention the most was the wall of balloon shaped fabric, which she said was inspired by the arcade game at Santa Monica Pier. I really enjoyed this piece because it was aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the colors, spacing, and white background.
Upon analyzing the art, I noticed that Mimi’s artwork were focused on using warm colors and fiber. She chose t-shirts because they are easy to reuse and beneficial. She first gets her inspirations from the colors and then lets her intuition take over. For this exhibit, she wanted to get away from body architecture since her art does not revolve around any bodies but more on creativity and letting the viewers mind wonder. Her art really makes viewers like myself wonder how she thought of such pieces and begin to question it.
During my visit at the CSULB School of Art, I often wonder what each piece is trying to say and makes me wonder and think of how they thought of such masterpieces. As I get the chance to listen to Mimi speak and look at her art I can see that it is much different from the other exhibits I saw. This was very colorful and lively room making the viewer feel warm and setting a better mood. During her talk I got to learn how she started off with a hundred pieces of t-shirts for the rug and lost count afterwards. This weeks artist conversation was interesting, eventhough it was my first one, her pieces were unique and had a good use with colors.