Haegue Yang, The Intermediate – Inceptive Sphere, 2016. Artificial straw, steel stand, powder coating, artificial plants, artificial fruits, plastic twine, Indian bells, and casters, 53 1/8 × 45 1/4 × 45 1/4 inches (134.9 × 114.9 × 114.9 cm). General Acquisition Fund. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photo by Elisabeth Bernstein. © Haegue Yang
Scholar Aida Wong shares her perspective on Haegue Yang’s The Intermediate-Inceptive Sphere, 2016, a sculpture in the ICA collection made of a combination of ordinary materials such as twine, straw, bells, and flowers. Wong is a professor of modern Asian art history at Brandeis University whose publications include Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China and the edited volume Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia. She is currently at work on the edited volume Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia.