Melissa Maddonni Haims: Cake!

Terminal D, ticketed passengers
 
Philadelphia artist Melissa Maddonni Haims uses the very traditional craft forms of crocheting and knitting to create her unique sculptural objects. Haims’s repertoire includes large-scale installations, small sculpture, and yarn bombing or knit graffiti -- an art form where artists covertly place handmade knitted collars on public street objects like a parking meter, bike rack, or telephone pole. Yarn bombing is harmless, often humorous, and it’s a way to bring knitting into the public forefront.
 
But Haims didn’t start knitting and crocheting until 2006, when her mother -- a master knitter, became suddenly ill. Her mother asked her to finish a scarf that she had started but was unable to finish. After her passing, Haims completed all of her mother’s projects that were left in progress including a sweater that her mom started for her. But Haims didn’t finish the sweater as her mom intended. Instead, she transformed the sweater into a sculpture of the ocean complete with 3-dimensional jelly fish.
 
At the same time, Haims also crotched herself a 4-layer birthday cake with rainbow piping surrounding each tier. For Haims, it represented the birthday cake that her mother might have baked for her. It was that first crocheted cake that became the inspiration for a series of cakes that are a heartwarming remembrance of endless birthdays and all of the celebratory moments of our lives.
 
Leah Douglas
Director of Exhibitions
Philadelphia International Airport
 
 
This exhibition has been organized and presented by the Exhibitions Program at Philadelphia International Airport. For more information, visit www.phl.org or email art.airport@phl.org.
 
For more information about the artist or to purchase the artwork, visit www.melissamaddonnihaims.com, or email melissahaims@gmail.com.