Myung Sun Kang, Korea, 2011
"Mermaid Bench" in mother of pearl and Korean lacquer on wood layered with linen, red clay, and charcoal. Designed and made by Myung Sun Kang, Korea, 2011.
Korean mother-of-pearl lacquerware generally features iridescent figures, forms, and landscapes floating on a striking dark ground. For her “Mermaid Bench”, Kang reimagines this centuries-old compositional tradition, floating a seat of mother of pearl atop a pitch-black base.