Wk3 – Artist Conversation – Mimi Haddon

Exhibition Information

Artist: Mimi Haddon
Exhibition: Touch Color
Media: Fiber, T-shirts
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: MimiHaddon.com
Instagram: @mimihaddon

About the Artist

Mimi Haddon was a student in the School of Arts Graphic Design Program and graduated from California State University Long Beach in 1994. Mimi Haddon decided to come back to CSULB to study in the School of Arts Fiber Program for her MFA.

Mimi Haddon explains that she came back because she wanted to pursue Fiber Art and art with textiles, such as t-shirts and other articles of clothing. This project that she has been working on began a year ago.

Mimi Haddon also states that she made costumes before and that is how her interest in Fiber Art began.

Formal Analysis

The medium used for the art piece was fiber, specifically Mimi Haddon used t-shirts. Haddon took an array of shirts and disassembled them into neck pieces, sleeves, etc. She also cut them into strips or into different shapes. The colors used were mostly warmer tones like orange, yellow, and red. There were some green and blue as well, but overall it had a warm tone and because of the colors chosen the pieces looked vibrant. One piece on the wall looked like balloons and the “balloons” were in lines and rows. Another piece had a more jagged look, but still had the same vibrant colors. The last piece on the floor was structured in a way that looked like the map and also had the warm yellow, red, orange tones.

Content Analysis

Mimi Haddon explains that her art uses the clothes that people seem to wear only once then toss out. I can see why she said that because things like fashion are things like can change fairly quickly; one day something that everyone is wearing can become something that no one wears. She also says that she was influenced by indigenous cultures and how they create pieces by uses different techniques.

The pieces she talked most about was the wall piece and the floor piece. The wall piece was inspired by a photo Mimi Haddon took at the Santa Monica Pier and it was made to look like a carnival balloon game. The shirts were made in a way that actually mimicked balloons and their round shape. While making this art piece, Haddon wanted to convey the feeling shown by the deflated “balloons.” The floor piece was a completely different feel. She arranged the floor piece in a way that looked like the map of the US. The different colors were mixed in a way that separated different areas of the US.

The most important aspect of Mimi Haddon’s art pieces was her interest in expressing her color theory, hence her artwork title Touch Color.

Synthesis / My Experience

While looking around each of the galleries, Mimi Haddon’s pieces caught my attention because of its vibrant colors. The color was eye-catching and I wanted to really see what it was. The first piece that caught my attention was the floor piece, which was a map of the US. I didn’t realize that it was a map of the US because I was standing on the opposite side. I was looking at it in a way where Texas and Florida were at the top and Maine and Washington were at the bottom, so I didn’t know that it was a map. The first thought that occurred to me was a memory of playing “the floor is lava” as a kid. The red, yellow, and orange colors also added to my logic. After I found out the piece was a map, I thought that the colors might be representing something else, like different elevations or temperatures. Like a picture of a map you’d find in a book. The wall piece with the balloons made my friends and I think of the candy Skittles. The round shapes and the colors, again, lead us to that idea. After looking at it and understanding that they were balloons, it made me think about closing time at carnivals or game events and how the balloons had to be deflated before workers had to go home.

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