Remnants of a Supernova

Collaborative project with Edward Rowe for the British Art Medal Society.

2014-15

 

Copper and tin, the primary elements of the medal’s bronze alloy, are produced in supernovae - the celestial explosions that occurs when a star has exhausted its fuel. Around the edge read the words REMNANTS OF A SUPERNOVA FITTING COMFORTABLY IN THE PALM. On one side there is inscribed the chemical formula of the bronze used, CuSn4, on the other an impression of the palm of a hand. It rests in the hand as tangible evidence of an astronomical phenomenon of a scale beyond human comprehension. The handprint is a record of something acutely personal to one human at one particular moment, made from elements that have been recycled throughout time and space.

Jess Russell
Jess Russell
Jess Russell
Jess Russell
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