In “은별,” Cho uses a series of digital collages, which have been hand-drawn and scanned as well as drawn via computer, to create small installations. Her exhibition is rooted in her experiences growing up in church, issues of how one appears, mental health challenges she has faced, and feeling like the “other,” that is, how the complex and multiple identities that define both how we see ourselves and how others perceive us — including personal attributes such as gender, race, ethnicity, or nationality — may make one feel different than those around them. Cho notes that her exhibition looks “through a lens of humor” at these issues, referencing pop culture and television shows.
Cho, whose parents are from Korea, grew up in California and is majoring in visual arts. The title of her exhibition is her Korean name. She came to Princeton planning to major in art history under the belief that she did not have the skills necessary to pursue artmaking, however she applied for the program in her sophomore year and was accepted. Advisors and faculty who have inspired her work include Eve Aschheim, AnnMarie Perl, Alice Chung, and Kurt Kauper.