"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.
53.1" L x 17.7" W x 16.9" H (134.9 x 45 x 42.9 cm)