Emma Fielden is an Australian artist whose practice crosses installation, drawing and sculpture. Having trained as a hand engraver and metalsmith, she has also practiced and exhibited extensively in the field of contemporary jewellery and objects.
Fielden engages with ideas spanning cosmology, the infinite and the infinitesimal, void, microcosm and macrocosm. Her works often reference the natural world, abstracting universal forms such as mountains and the night sky, to engage with the unseen forces that these forms have come to represent. Materiality is central to her practice as she seeks to understand and utilise the inherent nature of her chosen materials. In this context, materials such as rare earth magnets, iron oxide pigment, hand-crushed ferrite, linen thread and ink become metaphor for matter at its most minute.
In 2016, Dominik Mersch Gallery hosted Fielden’s solo exhibition ‘Dark Matter’. Through the use of magnetism and microscopically detailed drawings, this body of work was an exploration of invisible forces of our universe, the void and our place in it. The exhibition was well received and reviewed in ArtAsiaPacific. Her work has recently been exhibited at Artspace, National Art School, Gallery Funaki, Casula Powerhouse, Blacktown Arts Centre, among others.
In 2016, Fielden was an artist in residence at Penrith Regional Gallery for their ‘Gravity (and Wonder)’ program, where she was paired with an astronomer from Western Sydney University for a period of creative exchange. This resulted in a new site-specific installation ('Distant Orbits'), a school education program, a public symposium, and an inspiring period of communication and learning.
Fielden has won awards including the 2017 Paramor Prize Mayoral Award and was a finalist in the 2016 Blake Prize. She has received a NAVA NSW Artists Grant and an Australian Council New Work Grant. She is currently undertaking her second year as a studio tenant at Parramatta Artists Studios.