Splitting a single large stone with dramatic grain patterns revealed the pieces for this imaginary five-island composition. The sound of falling water draws the visitor into the chasm between the tall mountains. From the foot of the waterfall, a spreading blanket of mist carries the eye across the lagoon to a low island grouping. There in the shallows, a boat is moored to the pilings of a fisherman’s cottage. Far above this scene, a few snowdrifts from a late winter storm remain in the crevices of the mountain’s summit.
The Korean tray, a casting of 85% mica and graphite, was hand-rubbed and waxed, but otherwise left unfinished. The Chinese characters at the right corner of the tray are the Chinese characters for “shan” (mountains) and “chuan” (streams).