Energy Etch

Philippines-based artist Jordan Mang-osan focuses the sun’s rays to create ‘pyrography’ drawings. (pyro = from Greek for fire). The artist, stays close to his roots by working with local natural materials and his subject matter is primarily the cultural heritage of his people from within his own country.


Mang-osan’s process is to sketch a design out in pencil first. Following this light sketch onto a material of his choice, he then uses a magnifying glass to concentrate solar-heat into an extremely fine point. The heat burns into the surface of the material creating dark dots and lines into the wood. Once complete, beautiful landscapes and filigree portraits come to life. It is clear that being able to precisely coordinate the sun’s rays onto a surface requires practice, great skill and a supreme patience over a period of several months as he completes each work. Well worth a look!

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