On-Kyeong Seong

  • On-Kyeong Seong

    And the blue was the pleasing hue, oil and stitchery on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2017.

    And the blue was the pleasing hue
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    Looking out on the garden, oil and stitchery on canvas, 22 x 28 inches, 2017.

    Looking out on the garden
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    From here, oil and stitchery on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2017.

    From here
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    That worlds invisible and visible, oil and stitchery on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2017.

    That worlds invisible and visible
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    Calms of C, oil and stitchery on canvas, 22 x 28 inches, 2017.

    Calms of C
  • On-Kyeong Seong

    Gestures of living being, oil and stitchery on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2017.

    Gestures of living being

Artist Statement

I present a body of work consisting of abstract biomorphic forms developed through unconventional methods, such as stitching with a sewing machine in the form of painted and sewn pieces, which build up relief surfaces on the canvas. Additionally, I use a sewing machine for a drawing tool to create automatic drawing gestures and also to get away from overly determined painting marks. Those abstractions with the threads, which are distinctive texture markings generally take the form of an isolated figure itself surrounded by the canvas, and also sometimes represent an environment of interrelated forms such as cell biology, natural microscopic forms, bodily organs, flowers, carnivorous plants, plant filament and other combinations of flora and fauna. Adding to the sense of strangeness and grotesqueness is the disparate, the unusual, and the monstrous exist side-by-side with perfection and imperfection vs. beauty and ugliness through nature; by revealing theses contrast ideas, my works of art portray them both.

Artist Bio

Born in Seoul, South Korea, On-kyeong Seong moved to Boston, United States, where she became an artist by different cultural and educational experiences. She lives and works in outside of Boston, thriving with her professional art practicing as an artists' curator, educator and a creator. Her works have been shown in many other different places for group and solo exhibits. Recently she showed her work at 'Heated', Kingston Gallery and she has a solo exhibition at Wheelock College in January 2018. She earned her MFA at Tufts University after receiving BFA in Lesley University and a postgraduate certificate in Brandeis University, Massachusetts.

Work available on Artsy


Anthropocene Vegetations, group show on Artsy, September 1-28, 2021
Graft, June 2-27, 2021
On the Surface, group show on Artsy, April 1-30, 2021
Layers of Memory, group show on Artsy, January 20-February 28, 2021
Re/Imagining the Flower, group show on Artsy, November 1-30, 2020
Figuratively Speaking, group show on Artsy, June 24-July 31, 2020
Our Universal Language, group show on Artsy, April 30-May 29, 2020
Embedment, February 5-March 1, 2020
Displacement, April 4-29, 2018
TEN Kingston Associates: heated, August 2-27, 2017

Press + Media

Newbery, Emma. "On-Keong Seong: Graft." Kingston Blog, June 4, 2021.
Graft, Press Release, April 6, 2021.
"A Discussion with Artists On-Kyeong Seong and Vaughn Sills." Kingston Blog, February 5, 2020.
Goslow, Brian. "Capsule Previews: January/Febrary 2020." Artscope Magazine, January/February 2020, p65.
February 2020: On-Kyeong Seong & Vaughn Sills

"Check out On-Kyeong Seong's Artwork." BostonVoyager, June 11, 2018.
Reynolds, Pamela. "Threading Together Her Parent's Crafts, On-Kyeong Seong Sews Lush Mixed Media Art." WBUR, The ARTery, January, 23, 2018.



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