Artist: Jenny Cho
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Jenny Cho is an undergraduate student working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting program. This spring 2017 will be her last semester here at CSULB. Her interests involve breaking the stereotypes put on women in our society. Her art/ideas give us a piece of her own personal experience with prejudice as well as stories of others.
The main piece I will be focusing on today of Jenny’s is called Mirror/Image. She created this piece in 2016 which is made with mixed media and electrical diodes on watercolor paper. The nature of the piece is very clean and straight. Jenny uses bright and vivid colors that create different textures on both sides of the piece. On the side that she uses crayon with, brings a rugged feel, While the side that she paints creates a softer and more delicate approach to her piece. With her piece being woven in with other materials, that brings a sinuous feeling to its entirety.
With Jenny’s Mirror/Image piece, she is playing off the duality of two sides of a story. Each side being completely different, are actually apart of one being. She also mentioned the relationships between men and women and how they should become accepting of each other. She feels as if her piece represents Buddhism the more she thinks about, but ultimately she is not exactly sure. Jenny strongly believes in the idea that two things make a whole, and also how men and women should interact with one another. Not only does her piece represent us people, but it also shows the relationship between nature vs technology, hence the drawing of the flower. We normally would think of these two as complete opposites but really they mimic each other. This is how she believes we should interpret it. Nature ultimately depends on technology to survive and vice versa. There is a quiet strength in her work that she wants her viewers to understand.
Synthesis / My Experience
When I originally saw Jenny’s piece i just thought it was a beautiful piece and very colorful. IT was not until actually asking her the details of her art is when I fully understood it all. She really made me think of the bond women currently have with men in our society and that truly opened my eyes. There are a lot of issues in our lives with prejudice and just not completely understanding everyone’s point of views. When she mentioned the relationship between technology and nature I initially was doubtful and thought that made absolutely no sense to me. As for now, it all works together. Without nature technology would be essentially nonexistent, and without technology I feel that nature probably would not be as appreciated as it now. Jenny really tries to emphasize the importance of women’s art. She is trying to make it seem more of an art rather than just a craft or hobby for women. The strength in that statement she made really stuck with me.
Thank you Jenny for your time, and for displaying your beautiful and one-of-a-kind art!