“5 Questions With…” is a new feature where we ask Art.com team members to discuss some VERY important topics. Today we have Christine Fernandez, our new Chief Experience Officer.
Who is your favorite artist and why?
This is a tough question for me to answer. I love so many artists for different reasons, I really can’t choose one. I’ll note a couple of artists who stand out and why.
One is design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Their work inspired me to pursue design. They created some of the most iconic designs of our time. They were also incredibly prolific across a number of mediums – print, textile, furniture, architecture, even film. They were just a powerhouse of creativity.
Another is Cindy Sherman. Her work is a daring exploration of female identity, the influence of mass media, and gender stereotypes. As a young woman forging my own creative identity, her photos were really refreshing to see, especially in a male dominated art world. Her work is an even more interesting commentary considering the subsequent proliferation of social media and our obsession with documenting our lives.
What is your “guilty pleasure”
Tabloid magazines. “Stars, they’re just like us!” 😂 I’ve been known to linger in the grocery checkout line and read them, to the annoyance of the people in line behind me.
What inspires you?
New challenges. I hate being idle, so I’m forever looking for new things to do, see, or learn. I’m always up to something – it’s what keeps life interesting!
What karaoke song can you sing without help from the monitor?
My family loves to karaoke (we’re Filipino, so it’s a thing. We karaoke at every family gathering). As such, I know a lot of songs. My go-tos are “Search and Destroy” by The Stooges or anything by Fleetwood Mac.
What is the one home decor item you can’t live without?
Good accent lighting. It makes everything and everyone look a hundred times better. I just got a new chandelier with Edison bulbs, and when you turn it on, it’s like a glowing piece of sculpture. It changes the room.