On-Kyeong Seong: Graft

June 2-27, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, June 4, 2021, 5:00-8:00 pm

  • On-Kyeong Seong

    I will be a big bird, collage and mixed media, 12 x 12 x 1 inches, 2021.

    I will be a big bird
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    A spotted charm, mixed media on canvas, 6 x 4 inches, 2021.

    A spotted charm
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    Summer Days 1, mixed media on canvas, 6 x 4 inches, 2021.

    Summer Days 1
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    Summer Days 2, mixed media on canvas, 6 x 4 inches, 2021.

    Summer Days 2
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    After the winter is gone, mixed media on canvas, 6 x 4 inches, 2021.

    After the winter is gone

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Press Release
Newbery, Emma. "On-Keong Seong: Graft." Kingston Blog, June 4, 2021.

Artist Statement

Observing nature under magnification is a discovery of something mystical and magical. I often find the distinctive features of such shapes and forms resemble unusual and monstrous objects. From contemplating the beauty and the ugliness, I can conceive of beauty in hybrid forms. I acknowledge that beauty and ugliness both exist side by side and together. Influenced by those contrasting figures, my works show distorted realities, which are transformed into abstractions to evoke both the beauty and ugliness of the natural world. The experience of stitching with a sewing machine brings a more direct and intuitive approach, almost like automatic drawing. I balance this free expression with controlled mediums such as oil paint, mixed media, and cut outs. By inviting the effects of chance, machine stitchery is freed from rational control and may represent something of the pure sensation in the subconscious, residing in human nature and in nature itself.

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