Titled “Frogs & Forms,” the first solo exhibition of Jaewon Choi features paintings of human forms and of frogs. She works with oil on large scale panels, one of which covers the entire wall space. "When I start painting, it is always about my interaction with the panel. The image concerns me less than the size of my panel, the physical boundary of my vision and gesture, how the surface on which I paint feels, if it is hard or soft, or what kind of brush I use. The intrinsic properties of media dictate me and controls the image not the other way around. I believe an artist is his/her own observer once the painting is finished, and I do not want to interfere with my works. Symbols, meanings, and narratives have reflexive lives of their own and I merely try to deal with how I interact with my works."
Jaewon Choi is a physics major and pursuing a certificate in Visual Arts at the Lewis Center. After taking summer intensives at Parsons The New School for Design and at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in the summer after her freshman year, Choi began taking art courses at Princeton and eventually decided to seek a certificate. She resided in Berlin and in Paris the summer between her freshman and sophomore years studying art at museums and galleries and developing her own work. Last summer, following her junior year, she was accepted into a painting residency program at Tyler School of Art where she participated in a group show, “Baby Come Back,” at the Crane Gallery in Philadelphia. Her forthcoming show “Frogs & Forms” is her first solo exhibition.