Expensive Safaris And Eating Organic
Gallery Coordinator, Dubai
For the mixed-media, Dubai-based artist whose alpaca wool and textiles suggest a rather intercontinental attitude, Valentina Piscopo has a hyper-achieving passion for interiors. Inspired by her girlhood divided between Italy and Kenya, the New York Institute of Art and Design graduate has deftly mesmerised the exoticness of cultural essence and the wildlife of Eastern Africa into the aesthetic of her art. Now, upon completing a buzzed-about showing at The International Art Expo in the Netherlands earlier this year, trotting out her terrifically catchy work, Valentina is working as an artist liaison for The Third Lin, managing the artistic practice of artists at the gallery.
In this Style Talk, Valentina talks about how Alexander Wang’s stilettos endow her with a sense of femininity, about her eating-organic, health-giving lifestyle, and about how a horse sculpture by Armando Tanzini complements her boho-themed villa to perfection.
What does your ideal working outfit look like?
A Balmain structured blazer, classic Levi’s ripped jeans, and Alexander Wang stilettos.
What’s best: heels or flats? Which brand or style?
I try to wear heels as much as I can; they are so feminine that I really couldn’t live without them. Manolo and Charlotte Olympia are amongst my favourite brands. At home I am always barefoot – habit of a childhood spent on the beach in Kenya. I also have a collection of Nike Flyknits that I wear to walk my pooch. Does that answer your question?! 🙂
What’s your favorite art-related blog or app?
Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, Art Binder, and I am obsessed with Instagram.
What was the last thing you bought and loved?
I recently bought a kick ass Jeep Wrangler which I adore. A design classic!
What is/are your personal style signifier(s)/identifier(s)?
My straight blonde hair and my tattoos.
What’s your necessary extravagance?
Expensive safaris and eating organic.
Three things/products you always need to have in your purse?
My iPhone for Google Maps (Dubai is a nightmare to navigate!), my yellow Smythson diary, and my barre membership.
What’s your ultimate beauty secret after long working hours?
A hot bubble bath to switch off, primrose oil smothered on my face, and a good eight hours of sleep!
What’s/are your favourite work(s) of art?
I would love to own an El Anatsui piece, a painting by Julie Mehretu, and also a horse sculpture by Armando Tanzini to complement my safari/boho-themed villa.
What in the art world excites you currently most?
The opening of our new space in the recently expanded Alserkal Avenue, the arts and culture district in Dubai, and Design Week coming up!
Most sexiest art person?
Peter Beard forty years ago?
Where are you off to next?
To the Seychelles for a long weekend.
Where is your next art trip/travel going to?
The Third Line is gearing up for Frieze London and FIAC this month, where we are bringing exciting new work to our booth.
In your eyes: what is the most arty city?
For me it’s still New York. I spent an incredible summer in Chelsea completing an art residency. I had the pleasure of working with a diverse and talented bunch of artists who hung out 24/7, puttering around the studio, attending openings and after parties – it was an amazing experience!
Someone you have in mind to call the perfect artworld gentlemen?
I haven’t met him yet, maybe because I am surrounded by so many strong, independent women.
Which artist should we have on our watchlist?
The Iranian sculptor Sahand Hesamiyan and the young Paris-based Syrian artist Sara Naim.
Instagram: @thethirdlinedxb / @vpinteriors
Photos: by Anna Nielsen