These soft sculptures mimic the shape, wight and feel of river rocks. They range in size from XS, that you can hold in the palm of your hand, to XL which is the size of a small boulder (but not as heavy).
They are made from clean, post industrial, pre consumer fibers that I have been working with. The outside is crocheted from various yarns including wool, cotton and acrylic blends. Some of the yarns are even a little fuzzy. Because who doesn't love a fuzzy rock?
In it's entirety, this large scale installation consists of a pile of crocheted stones in the space that mimic the offerings we leave for religious deities, for the dead and for marking our way home.
On May 1, 2012, a drunk driver killed Melissa Mary Benner instantly. She was 39 years old. She was not married. She did not have children. She had very few material possessions, in keeping with Buddhist tradition. But she did have a life. In her absence, Ms. Haims has been compelled to not only prove but to celebrate her existence.
Offering is her attempt at this proof. During the year after Ms. Benner’s death, Ms. Haims visited the places Ms. Benner lived and worked. She has walked through fields in her footsteps and found the air she breathed. She has documented this journey with photographs and with a book of prose. Beginning on May 1, 2013, Ms. Haims opened the show at 3rd Street Gallery in Philadelphia and was on site, 5 days per week crocheting new rocks to add to the pile that she has been working on since developing the show concept in August 2012 after her own epic, boundary crushing, spiritual journey