Artist: Grace L. Cuenca
digital art, chromogenic print
16 x 20 inches
An art work that started as a simple borrowed pattern added with plane red color beautifully transformed into an image of complex pattern. After processing it with several geometric commands, I was delighted to see an image that looks like two half-moon tomatoes. Gorgeously setting on an elliptical vase inclined in two opposite 90 degrees.
Grace L. Cuenca biography
Grace L. Cuenca’s art works are mostly round shapes with stunning combinations of pattern, texture and colors added with shadows to create illusionary depth. The spinning character with rhythmic arrangement was later identified as Geometric Abstraction.
After she was diagnosed from Ovarian Cancer, and while in recovery, her skill continued to flourish with images that profoundly move and stretch the imagination. These abstractions come with affection and emotional connectivity as it expresses her fluency precipitated through years of study.
Grace graduated with a B. S. in Chemical Engineering at Cebu Institute of Technology, (CIT) Philippines and arrived in Canada as a contract worker. Her first landed immigrant status job was at an engineering consulting firm as a Copy Document Technician. She was one of those who handled the reproduction of technical drawings that later inspired her to study part-time courses in Mechanical Drafting and ACAD-Computer Aided Drafting at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). She eventually studied fulltime and achieved a Mechanical Drafting Certificate at Vancouver Community College (VCC).
Grace then developed an interest in photography and it started to fill the empty space while going through life changes. She realized that a camera was not only a scientific wonder to possess but a glorious way to spend time in another world. She captured images and wrote poetry which she thought was her subconscious knowledge of self-expression of communicating her inner strength. She subsequently studied Photography at Langara College which was halfway through the program. It opened a window of opportunity to connect with social media and in particular Facebook connections. She continues to study Photoshop at Focal Point which helps cultivate and nurture her technical creativity. Grace discovered that Art Therapy is her niche in life.
Volunteering at the Vancouver Art Gallery provides and nurtures her social skills and innovation. It opens a window to update her skills through a platform called blog. This helps showcase her abstraction and photography art works.
Her first encounter with a group of professional artists on social media was an experience she greatly appreciated. They were her first online ‘influencers’ and was another opportunity to learn more from different disciplines. Beatriz Milhazes, an artist with a flare of Geometric Abstraction and a vibrant Latin culture artist, and Al Held, a geometric painter are artists she’s interested in studying to help find deeply her technical creative skills.
Grace’s first group exhibit in title Connect at The Gathering Place was a test of finding her comfort zone as an artist. She was thankful she started there as she established her artistic roots in reflection of her personal journey. Membership to Arts Alliance got her introduced to LocoMoto Art founder Lora Lee Coles who later invited her to join the exhibit in title Pattern That Unite Us_ Mandala. It was Grace’s second group exhibit held at Aberthau Mansion, Point Grey Community Center. Inspired by the exhibits, she continue to explore different ideas to create new art works that will connect to her cultural roots.