Metal Portraits

Wire Mesh Portraits by Seung Mo Park

I came across the work of South Korean artist Seung Mo Park a few weeks ago and thought a rainy Thursday moring would be the perfect time to share it with you. He creates these amazing portraits by cutting through thick layers of wire mesh sheet.

Wire Mesh Portraits by Seung Mo Park

Wire Mesh Portraits by Seung Mo Park

I included the image above to give a sense of the size of each piece. As someone who has worked with wire mesh in the past it makes me appreciate how long its takes to cut out each section! He begins the painstaking process by projecting a photograph onto the thick layesr of wire and then using a subtractive technique he snips away at the mesh. Each piece starts out several inches thick to achieve this sense of light and shade.

Wire Mesh Portraits by Seung Mo Park

The layers of mesh give the work this amazing ghost like feeling, they look really fragile and as if with the slightest touch they could disintegrant. This ephemeral quality works really well with the subject matter to create these haunting portraits.

Wire Mesh Portraits by Seung Mo Park

 

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