“peeling paint”

Episode no. 150! Well, what better way to celebrate that huge milestone than to talk to an artist who I’ve been trying to get on the podcast for ages… yep, Los Angeles based painter Seonna Hong is my guest today! We’re talking process, day jobs {yes, she has a day job on top of her art practice!?}, Care Bears, and tiger lilies. Oh, and I also told her about Nanaimo Bars. Apparently her Canadian husband has been holding out on her? Listen right up there under “The Magic Number”, or subscribe on iTunes.

First, Seonna’s latest work, from a show titled “Things Will Get Better”, that was recently showing at Hashimoto Gallery in San Francisco:

I mean, come on! Those lumps and bumps are the chunks of peeled paint we were talking about. Digital images don’t do these pieces justice… if you ever get a chance to see them in person, do it!

Now, just to prove that I’ve been fan-girling over Seonna’s work for years, here are the first pieces I wrote  about, way back in 2009:

Gorgeous, and a great example of her evolution as an artist {and the aging of her model/daughter!}.

Next up… animals! I love Seonna’s animals, which often serve as “emotional totems” in her work:

Zebras, and tigers, and bears, oh my! And yes, how cool is it that her daughter’s name is Tiger Lily? So. Cool.

Ok, I can’t believe I forgot to bring this up, but I have to show you Seonna’s paint chip paintings because, well, you’ll see:

Oh, I love these so, so much! When we were at Hashimoto for my book signing {because yes, Seonna’s in my latest book}, I asked her about them. Apparently my guess was right… she has to rotate which paint/hardware stores she hits up. I wonder if they have posters up… WATCH FOR THIS PAINT CHIP HOARDING WOMAN.

And this. HOW did I not bring this up during the Not-So-Speedy Speed Round? This was Halloween 2016, before Seonna and I really knew each other … well, beyond Instagram that is:

Great minds think alike … and dress like the Royal Tenenbaums. Yep, turns out we have more than just our birth year, Care Bears, Garfield, and love of treehouses in common! Thanks to Seonna for finally coming on the podcast {and for letting me share her story/work in my book}; thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Current group show at Heron Arts, San Francisco
  2. Upcoming show at Ayzenberg Group, Los Angeles {curated by Mark Todd}
  3. Post It Show No.14, Giant Robot, Los Angeles {Dec 1 – 9}
  4. Seonna on Instagram
  5. Lauren Mycroft, Artist
  6. Nanaimo Bar Recipe
  7. A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK … Now With Women
  8. Treehouse Masters


comments (8)

  1. Rachel /// 11.17.2018 /// 2:46pm

    Haven’t been able to get this to play all day. All the others play. Just this episode. FYI

  2. Sara /// 11.20.2018 /// 11:31am

    I actually have a Nanaimo bar in my freezer (in the Bay Area) from when I was on Vancouver Island last summer. Which reminds me I have to eat it!!

  3. the jealous curator /// 11.20.2018 /// 9:05pm

    um, that would NEVER happen to me … ie it would never get to the freezer cuz my mouth would find it first! ; )

  4. Jenny /// 11.21.2018 /// 8:47am

    You have never shared that story about your husband about the last dance at your wedding! It gave me goose bumps and I got teary eyed!! Oh! #futurepartnergoals

  5. the jealous curator /// 11.21.2018 /// 8:12pm

    he’s a keeper, that’s for sure ; )

  6. Poster /// 11.26.2018 /// 7:29am

    Love this Episode.

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  8. Michelle Gallagher /// 02.07.2020 /// 12:03pm

    First episode I listened to, thanks for all these wonderful interviews. So happy I found you.

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