Artist Feature: Phoebe Kuo

Paragon Book Gallery is thrilled to share the work of artist Phoebe Kuo. Kuo’s woodworks are carefully crafted; they are made of solid lumber cut into pieces, reassembled, and smoothed by hand. This process (called coopering) allows the wood to drape and fold, embodying qualities of both strength and softness. Subtly subverting fine woodworking traditions, these sculptures unapologetically droop; they adorn and adapt to their environment.

Take a look below:

Lean I, 2019, white oak. Image courtesy of the artist.
Lean II, 2019, white oak. Image courtesy of the artist.
Jewelry for a Railing, 2018, soft maple. Image courtesy of the artist.

Current Reading List:

Unnamable: The Ends of Asian American Art by Susette Min

Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts by Aruna D’Souza

On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss

About the Artist

Phoebe Kuo (b. 1983, Lompoc, CA) is woodworker currently based in Evanston, IL. Trained as a furniture maker and ethnographer, Phoebe appropriates traditional woodworking techniques to comment on place and context. Her site-specific installations resist the common assumption that wood should embody strength and utility, and instead embrace notions of pliability and dependency. By adapting to fit existing architectural conditions—particularly corners, borders, and edges—the work adorns and celebrates what is often overlooked. Born and raised in California and currently based in Illinois, Phoebe received her BS from Stanford University, a certificate in fine woodworking from The Krenov School, and her MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has exhibited at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and ICFF.

To learn and view more of her work, visit her website: