Mok-su South Korean, b. 1973


Known only as Mok-us, the artist has adopted woodcarving as a meditational practice to calm his restless mind. Trained as a classical musician, the artist had to leave music behind to support his inventor father’s business in Poland. Whilst in Poland, he taught himself to work with wood to make himself a classical guitar. Whilst making this first instrument, Mok-su found a sense of peace and mindfulness in the solitary practice. After returning to South Korea, he continues to work with wood. He found a house surrounded by mountains with space to work and here he mastered his chip-carving skills. Using these skills to make everything from toys for his child to furniture for his wife and speakers to listen to music. The mediating artist goes to his studio before the sun rises and immerses himself in carving in a silent state of mind.