Making: I'm Fine
I submitted a proposal of the piece to two shows and Every Woman Biennial NYC took a chance on me.
The Every Woman Biennial is the all woman and women-identified art biennial founded and curated by C. Finley. What began as the Whitney Houston Biennial, a wild one-night event of art and performance celebrating women in 2014, and expanded to a two-week exhibition in 2017 in the awakening of the #MeToo movement (via Every Woman Biennial). Every Woman Biennial NYC featured 600 women/non-binary artists at La MaMa Galleria, there is also a sister show happening in LA at Bendix Building. The show has been covered by the New York Times, ArtNet , and Art Critique .
Never would I have thought that my first showing in New York City would have nothing to do with fashion! I’m incredibly happy that I’m Fine came together, as well as the opportunity to show the piece in such an inclusive and well curated show. I’m Fine was originally going to be a fabric/painting collage, I honestly don’t remember how I got to the decision of moving to the wood/mixed media format.
I’m Fine features various materials like wood, glass, velvet, and hand dyed silk. I used the laser cutter at Johnson County Public Library Makerspace to cut the fabric and wood. All fabrics except for the habotai silk were purchased at Scraps KC.
I originally wanted the face to be full mirror but went with broken pieces instead, this pushed the inspiration of the piece a bit further to me. I am considering what the next iteration of this idea will look like, the fashion designer in me automatically thinks in series/collections.