We chat with Maria Elena and Coco about Art Stage, growing up with art, and personal style.
What’s the biggest challenge of keeping Art Stage going?
Maria Elena (ME): I wouldn’t say that there is one big challenge. Every fair is different and each edition evolves to remain relevant. We need to always present innovative content and, against the uncertain global economic and political backdrop today, Art Stage Singapore 2017 set its course in a new direction with in-depth content offerings through the Southeast Asian Forum exhibition and lecture series, and the Collectors’ Stage exhibition. This positioned the Fair beyond a market platform. Art Stage Singapore also understands the importance of developing a cohesive Southeast Asian art market to enable the region to be more competitive vis-à-vis the other more developed global art markets in the West and China.
Were you exposed to a lot of art as a child?
ME: Yes! In South America, we are used to growing up with art, especially street art, costume art and art in the church, museums and schools, so for us, art is a part of life! Last Christmas, when we returned to Ecuador, we saw so many manifestations of costumes on the streets every day – art is such a huge part of our history. I have a great passion for the arts – theatre, singing, music. I always wanted to be a professional theatre practitioner – I studied theatre for three years at university. Theatre was a huge influence in my life. I wanted to be an actress, but ended up with a degree in Sociology instead! (laughs)
Coco, do you see yourself pursuing a career in art?
Coco (C): I’m interested in everything that’s artistic – be it theatre, music, the culinary arts, luxury lifestyle, fashion or art. So, there’s definitely something there that interests me, not necessarily just visual art.