07/14/15 Personal Gallery: Carina Santos
These days, an art collection can mean big business. It’s less about curating based on one’s personal tastes and more about capitalizing on the next big thing. Visual artist Carina Santos knows this too well; she’s had many encounters with folks who look at a painting and see numbers and not colors. “Personally, nai-iritate ako when people ask me kung anong art magandang bilin kasi tataas yung value,” Santos shares. “I know it’s a commodity, and it’s good to ask because it can get overwhelming, but I don’t want to be responsible for you buying art because it’ll be expensive in the future.”
This isn’t to say that Santos doesn’t see the value of a good art piece. Since studying Information Design, Santos has been part of group shows at West Gallery, Blanc Gallery, and Silverlens. Her graphic design work has also been featured in local magazines and newspapers. Last year, Santos created a storefront installation for Hoodwink.
Based in Quezon City, Santos has her own collection of art, which are mostly gifts or trades with fellow artists. “A lot of the work I like, I can’t really afford,” she reveals. “I read this interview, it was basically kind of in disbelief at how expensive art is now, and how there’s an inevitable crash. Napaisip ako, why do I need to own stuff, when I can just look? It’s nice to own, but I don’t really have a lot of space.”
For NOUS’s Personal Gallery series, Santos lets us into the studio she shares with sister Isabel to talk about some of her favorite art — a set that includes published work that she finds particularly inspiring. And her advice to those who are getting into collecting? “Buy art if it really moves you and there’s a special meaning. Just buy what you like.”