Mirang Wonne – dreaming in torched metal mesh

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

It’s been a while since I visited the Triton Museum of Art, and yesterday we went there just because, not to see anything in particular. Was I ever glad we stopped by!

Mirang Wonne is having a very impressive exhibition there – large pieces of stainless steel mesh into which flowers, trees, and oceanic plants are burned with a blow-torch. Some are hanging from the ceiling, some are placed on the walls overlaying acrylic paintings like a dream veil.

Mirang’s work is not something that translates well into photography, and this may explain why I glazed over her page on the Triton’s web site. You need to walk past or around her creations to see how the mesh shimmers, how hanging layers overlap as you go around them and create new and ever more exciting patterns of torched lines.

There is even a small piece of torched mesh on the staff’s counter that you can touch and see for yourself how different the feel is from the look. Gentle and dream-like turns out to be cold and unmistakably metal.

Capturing Sunlight 7386 - torched (burnt) stainless steel mesh with acrylic painting on paper underneath, framed, 55"x 42"

Capturing Sunlight 7386 – torched (burnt) stainless steel mesh with acrylic painting on paper underneath, framed, 55″x 42″

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