Curator‘s Comments

The technical mastery of carving is immediately apparent in the furniture art of Kristina Madsen. In the mid-1980s, Madsen became fascinated by the surface textures and geometric patterns carved in traditional Polynesian, Melanesian, and Australian ethnographic objects and began to incorporate them into her own work. For this bench, she used elaborately carved dark and light woods to create a visually appealing contrast in colors.

Kristina Madsen. American, Born 1955

Bench, 2003

Bubinga, ebony, and maple

17 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 55 3/4 in.

Commission made possible by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Judith Plesser Targan, class of 1953, Fund

ID Number: SC TR 6435.7