I'm Fine: New Textile Work by Whitney Manney
I’m Fine is a 22.5” x 14” 2D mixed media piece made with laser cut balsa plywood, faux leather, suede, and velvet. The piece also features mirror pieces, adhesive vinyl, acrylic paint, and hand-dyed silk organza.
I’m Fine documents the action of understanding and attempting to redefine a new normal post-trauma as a Black woman in our current social climate. This piece expresses the feelings of shouldering emotional uproar and the loneliness of attempting to heal with only the surface support of others while tackling lack of access and what the standard of support for mental/emotional trauma looks like for women and in the Black community.
The process of self-reflection, attempts to quietly “get better”, and the gravity of consistently wondering when normalcy will ever be achieved are key themes of inspiration . The polished veneer of strong, Black, independent woman has been breached. I’m Fine uses various textiles to illustrate the complicated layers of healing, mirror pieces are used on the face for viewers to take a moment to reflect and immerse themselves.
I'm Fine responds to personal experience, grief and the journey to recovery as a foundation to create a piece of work that makes the audience reconsider the weight of the phrase "I'm Fine". It is important to think about what ways society can use its personal privilege and experience to aid marginalized people attempting breakthrough, despite their own best efforts, to make it through.