June 27, 2019
Emma Fielden’s new video work ‘Andromeda and the Milky Way’ debuted last month at Parramatta Artists’ Studios annual Movers and Makers program. The newly commissioned video installation was performed by Emma Fielden and Lizzie Thomson over a period of almost 6 hours, slowly drawing out black voids with charcoal until the two coalesced.
“Andromeda and the Milky Way’ draws on the concept of coalescence, a process by which elements merge to become a single whole. In her artist statement, Emma discusses that “we are part of a grand coalescence, as our Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies are drawn together at a rate of 402,000 kilometres per hour, predicted to merge in about 4 billion years. Strangely enough, when the two galaxies collide, the probability of any two stars or planets colliding is almost nil. Closer to our daily experience, we might reflect upon coalescence in terms of our deep human desire for connection.”
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