Lewis Andrews

About Lewis Andrews

Lewis Andrews is a Fine Artist based in Leeds and studying at Leeds Arts University. His work specialises in dealing with complex thoughts, ideas and facts within nature and science. Some explore those in which we seem to be overshadowed and overpowered in comparison by the vast distances, size, or quantities. Others investigate moments of extreme power, creation, and rebirth on a molecular scale or on a scale comparable to that of the universe. He questions our relationships, place and role within the universe, environment, and natural spaces.

Lewis’s most recent work explores the elemental properties, abilities, stories, and journeys of the atomic element Carbon. Over the past year, he has explored these different aspects within an extensive drawing-based practice often incorporating materials rich in Carbon themselves. With past drawings focusing on Carbon’s origins within the hearts of supergiant stars, and the contribution of the element to life on our planet, his most recent drawings reflect on the harmful carbon molecules, such as carbon dioxide and its effects on our planet.

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The ‘Destruction of Our Pale Blue Dot’ drawings focus on the destruction we are causing to our oceans through activities at sea such as oil drilling and pollution. The drawings simultaneously consider the issue of our oceans being unable to absorb anymore carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, decreasing the amount of time we have to reverse climate change.

The drawings are created over an elapsed time period as ice blocks melt into the Indian ink to create the drawing. This process echoes the notion of our planet losing its sea ice and the short amount of time left to reverse this damage. With our activities across the planet increasing the harmful particles within our atmosphere, the oceans are no longer capable of absorbing any more carbon dioxide, and as a result the effects of climate change are accelerating. Our planet once referred to by Carl Sagan as a ‘Pale Blue Dot’, is suffering and dying.