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.
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