We would like to congratulate Marygrove College senior Ginette Balbin-Cuesta, who won Best of Show at this year’s Summer Invitational exhibit at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale! In addition to receiving Best of Show for her work, “Nuances of Expression,” Ginette was also profiled in the Oakland Press. You can read the entire article below.
Ginette Balbin-Cuesta of Northville won her first professional art award outside of school competitions — Best of Show — at this year’s Summer Invitational ’14 exhibit at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale. It is her second year exhibiting at the Summer Invitational.
Her piece, “Nuances of Expression,” was created using the intaglio printmaking technique. The artist cuts an image onto a printing surface, and the sunken area holds the ink for printing.
Balbin-Cuesta, who is starting her senior year this fall at Marygrove College in Detroit with a double major in art and biology, says she made a plate with a single image, and from there she experimented with materials. Beginning with a self-portrait, she printed the image repeatedly on different media with different colors, textures and opacities.
“I was trying to push the envelope of printmaking using different materials and experimenting,” she says. “It’s the same expression on each piece, but has a different feel to it. The way it hits the light gives it a nuance.”
Jan Brown, a gallery member since January 2011, says artists who exhibit at the gallery’s Summer Invitational ’14 must be invited by members. Balbin-Cuesta was invited to enter when gallery members saw her work at her school’s End of the Year Gallery Show.
The school show is juried by the faculty and invites members from the Lawrence Street Gallery to choose two pieces to exhibit at the Summer Invitational.
Balbin-Cuesta was introduced to the art of printmaking in a class last fall, where her professor encouraged students to experiment with different techniques.
“Because you can make multiple copies, you have more freedom to try different things,” she says.
Balbin-Cuesta says she loves science and research as much as art.
“I really like interdisciplinary education as well, and I think they are two different sides of the spectrum, but they do overlap,” she says. “With science I’m interested in doing research and thinking outside the box, and with art it’s another form of critical thinking.”
Balbin-Cuesta plans to pursue a doctoral degree, but before starting a medical program, she wants to take a year off to explore art.
“Yes I want to go to med school, but I think it makes sense to create artwork on the side and submit a couple pieces to one or two shows a year,” she says.