The nearest star from here

images by Lucy Parakhina and Nadege Philippe-Janon

The nearest star from here 2017
various metals, rock, desk lamp

Tin, lead, bismuth and solder were molten onto stones using a plastic lens sourced from an old rear projection TV. The heat is created in a similar way to a how a magnifying glass might operate; the lens condenses the energy from the sun hitting its surface area into a point that is capable of reaching up to 1300 degrees Celsius.

+Created as part of Shotgun6 – professional development program and exhibition awarded by MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Detached Cultural Organisation and Contemporary Art Tasmania. Exhibited in Mock Sun, a solo show at Contemporary Art Tasmania 2017