Animal skulls have become a popular canvas in recent years in both the design and decor worlds. We’ve seen melted cassette tapes formed into various skulls and skulls covered in elaborate bead designs. But artist Damien Noll is taking the art back to nature, burning beautiful designs into these skeletal remains. It’s all done using the power of the sun, a technique called solar pyrography.
“It is basically like black ink tattoo on bone, but rather than being inked, the lines are
burned directly onto the bone using the magnified rays of the sun—all done with simple magnifying lenses,” Noll says.
In his Sundrawn series, Noll decorates a variety of animal skulls with unique patterns. Geometric triangles, circles, and lines are etched into the milk-white bone, turning each piece into a completely unique, handmade work of art.
“The black line on white bone is precise and powerfu; it is what captivated me in the beginning. Now I am fascinated with the idea of ‘tattooing’ these animal heads as a means of marking them for future journeys,” Noll says.
Noll also points out that not only is this unusual method wholly unique, it is distinct in that is an environmentally considerate artform.
“This method of working is both super low tech and ultra modern in that it is 100% green. Nothing is produced to create this art. Bone and Sunlight. It is akin to magic, drawing without touching the surface. The immaterial rays of the sun turned into a stylus with a simple magnifying glass,” he says.
“People are fascinated with this process of creating,” Noll says. “This work is very well received by more than just the ‘art crowd.’ The finished results are enjoyed by an amazing range of people from, men on the street to art critics.”
To see more of Noll’s work, head to his site.