Here at Sassy, nothing gives us more inspiration and drive then other kick*ss girls who run the world and Serine de Labaume is one of those people. As Artistic Director of Brownhill Consultancy, she’s put together a sensational art event called Wo Men Women 2015, now in its sophomore year to commemorate and celebrate International Women’s Day. The art exhibition will feature artworks of four Singapore-based artists and showcase their personal life journey through their masterpieces. Prior to the opening of the exhibition, we caught up with the tenacious Serine to discuss girl power and all things artistic.
Can you tell us more about the theme “In Search of Identity”?
I believe we are always in search of identity, consciously or unconsciously. Especially in this fast changing world full of information, we can feel lost easily; trying to understand where we’re coming from, where we belong now and where we are going towards is important. One’s identity is strongly influenced by what we see and hear and it’s acquired through direct and indirect interactions. Knowing who we are and thus better understanding different aspects of our lives helps a great deal.
How do you think the Wo Men Women event can benefit ladies?
I’ve invited four female artists who’ve been working and living as artists – working mothers, loving wives, independent women of the 21st century… It’ll be enlightening to see how these artists articulate their life experiences through their art. The viewers will be able to peep into their world and feel motivated, consolidated or simply enjoy the moment of exchange.
The Wo Men Women exhibition is in its sophomore year now, how different is it from last year?
We have concentrated all our energy into one week of exhibition rather than having multiple events at multiple venues like last year. However this exhibition comprises many different styles and mediums and I believe the viewers will be satisfied with the diversity and intimacy of this exhibition. There will also be music performances by two young women musicians on the opening night, Bassoonist Emerald Chee and Oboist Bernice Lee. Our musical line-up includes “Telemann Fantasy in E minor for Oboe solo” among others, which I believe attendees can look forward to.
What are your thoughts on art as an expression of the female identity today?
Expressing one’s identity through art is absolutely natural. When you are looking at an artwork, you are invited into the intimate world of the artist. There were moments in history that women were not allowed to be artists and if you consider that, it wasn’t that long ago and looking at today, we have come very far. However the world is still male-dominant. It’s ever so important for female artists to speak up and be an inspiration to the younger generation.
What makes a good artist?
I believe a good artist remains honest and curious. Not compromising for success or recognition, but truly studying and exploring, a good artist works and questions oneself constantly (whether the process happens physically or in a more contemplative manner). Instead of settling within the comfort zone, taking risks and challenging oneself with new ideas and experiments are important for the growth of the artist. This growth is directly related to the rich artistic world which the artists create (and share with the spectators).
How do you juggle doing so many fabulous things on top of being a mother to two beautiful children?
I was lucky to be born with talent in both music and art. It didn’t help during the school years, but it defined who I am today. I believe many are born with talents but not everyone gets to really use them. In that sense I’m even luckier that I’ve been able to utilise my talent and incorporate the arts to my life. Curating events that combine music and visual art comes naturally to me, as they are the two main domains of my work and existence. I’m extremely lucky to have many helping hands around me. Being a mother is the biggest force I have and that makes me go on every day.
What does the word sassy mean to you?
High-spirited, audacious, and bold. It’s the perfect word for the women of in the 21st century.
What are your plans for the future? Are there any other inspiring projects coming up?
Brownhill will announce its third annual FreshAir Fine Arts Festival soon. FreshAir Fine Arts Festival has been showcasing world-class local musicians amid the contemporary art exhibition featuring international artists. It was held in the month of November for the last two years, but will move to an earlier month this year. Personally I have a few concerts and a solo exhibition scheduled this year as well.
All the details
When: now-4 March, 12-7pm
Where: Artspace@222, 222 Queen Street, #02-03, Singapore 188550
How much: Free!