Artist: Mimi Haddon
Exhibition: Touch colour
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Mimi Haddon acquired a degree in graphic design at CSULB in 1994 at the School of Art. She is currently trying to obtain a MFA degree in the School of Art’s Fiber Program. She has always been working with T-shirts, and her inspiration came from the indigenous cultures and El Anatsui, a Ghanaian sculptor. Like, El Anatsui she utilises human-made materials to create her beautiful art work.
Mimi tends to lean towards fun and playfulness which is exhibited in her art work. All of her art works are made of colourful t-shirts she purchased at Goodwill. She tends to lean towards warm colours like yellow, orange, and purple. When she first created the floor piece with the red, yellow, orange,and purple fabric, she only had a 100 shirts but soon realised she needed much more. She does not know how many shirts she used, but she does know it was quite a lot. The other artwork in the blog was very tall. Unlike the floor art, the color scheme was much more of a cool tone. However, the art piece still portrays a tone of playfulness.
Mimi has a fascination with color. During her interview, she was fascinated about how colour transfers over to a white wall after staring at a certain color for a long period of time. She is also influenced by a Japanese artist who utilises bright colours like herself. The artist wears a bright red wig with polka dot outfits which is similar to Mimi because she had unique glasses and pink bangs. When creating her art work, she likes to let her intuition take over, instead of planning every detail.
Mimi’s artwork made me feel like a child again. The bright colours really brightened my mood as soon as I saw them. I found myself staring at the art work for minutes because they were so unique. She really did achieve her goal of portraying fun and playfulness through her artwork. I never met anyone who was so fascinated by color, and I was very moved by how passionate she was. After interviewing Mimi, I wish to find something I am passionate about like how passionate Mimi is about color.