White Dwarfs / Core Collapse

The ‘Core Collapse’ drawings visualise the final moments of the more massive stars in the cosmos during a type II supernova. During the final moments, a star with many times the mass of our sun is crushed by its own gravity resulting in a supernova explosion. During this process, new elements fused within the heart of the star are thrown out into space.

 

The ‘White Dwarf’ drawings touch upon the deaths of sun-like main sequence stars. The final years of these stars sees them undergo a transformation to a ‘red giant’ phase then expel their outer layers into space. The remaining object is known as a white dwarf and is the leftover core of the former star.

 

Both drawings arose out of time Lewis spent on the ‘Starlight’ virtual arts – science residency held by Mayes Creative and an accompanying talk with the Royal Astronomical Society outreach officer Lucinda Offer during the residency talking about the life cycles of stars.

Core Collapse I. 2020. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x4.

Core Collapse II. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x3.

Core Collapse III. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x3.

Core Collapse IV

Core Collapse IV. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x6.

Core Collapse V. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x4.

White Dwarf I. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x3.

White Dwarf II. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x4.

White Dwarf III. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x3.

White Dwarf IV. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x3.

White Dwarf V. 2021. Indian ink on Watercolour Paper. 210mm x 297mm x4.