Wild Orchids


Space Encounters Gallery transforms itself into a boutique hotel as it hosts an immersive solo exhibit by Christina Dy.


Wild Orchids features Dy’s works in various media from framed artwork to pretty wallpaper and even classic mid-century furniture. Palettes of blues, pinks, and browns are set against interiors of cream and burgundy, making for an elegant contrast. Vignettes of a lounge area, a bedroom, and a dining area all evoke quirky elegance, with each serving as a backdrop of Dy’s works. “Since Space Encounters Gallery is also an interior design space, I wanted to make work specifically for this space, so I’m making…wallpaper patterns, or patterns that can be turned into furniture upholstery,” the artist relates.


Wild Orchids is Space Encounters Gallery’s fresh take on how artwork can transcend traditional forms. “This will be our first full collaboration with an artist when it comes to the interiors of the space, which leads to the hotel concept,” explains gallery co-owner Thor Balanon. “The exhibition will show how art can enhance the hotel experience… We’re also seeing a trend where hotels are veering away from predictability and are incorporating quirk and colors into their spaces,” adds co-owner Wilmer Lopez. As the interior design arm of the gallery is currently designing hotels, this show perfectly illustrates boutique hotel design within the context of an art exhibit.




Christina Dy came into visual arts with a broken heart. Not wanting to spend her days mourning over a failed relationship, she took to painting, which led her to the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.


While she left her formal studies after two years, Dy did not stop her pursuit of the arts. She is one of the artists who received the 13 Artist Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2009. She’s also had solo shows in the metro, as well as group shows in Indonesia, Singapore, and New York.


Dy starts with a subject—be that an idea or a person or anything that strikes her fancy—and she allows herself to be completely consumed by it. This fixation is evident in Dy’s works, which features repetitive strokes that coalesce to form images of flamboyant orchids and naked masculine forms. There is fluidity in her sketches, influenced greatly by her love for pole dancing. Dy is the founder of Polecats Manila, an aerial arts and pole fitness studio based in the metro. “Being a pole dancer has led to a greater appreciation and love for the human body, for forms and lines,” she relates.

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