Philadelphia artist Keunho Peter Park is a woodworker whose studio practice focuses on functional objects including furniture, furnishings, and musical instruments. The work is inspired by his fascination with nature, the human body, and wood. He creates 3-dimensional objects that are part anthropomorphic, part organic, yet completely functional. Park’s unique aesthetic and technique, known as segmented wood carving—a process where numerous smaller pieces of wood are joined together to create larger forms—result in objects that are evocative sculpturally and experimentally.
Park describes segmented wood carving as a technique “that enables me to make liberal forms and sizes…while always exploring innovative methods of construction.” Park’s detailing includes carved textures and applied color that accentuates specific surfaces to visually convey each piece’s one-of-a-kind “personality.” His artistic vision and skillful craftsmanship “instills a distinctive character” that celebrates the coexistence of nontraditional forms and functional art.