Confluence is a set of diptychs presented in Emma Fielden’s recent solo exhibition ‘Approaching Zero’. In the accompanying essay, Australian poet Carol Jenkins describes Fielden’s new series of diptychs titled as “pour-spills, flow-mills, ink-wells or puddle-pours of Sumi ink. Each of the pair flows away and into the other, making conversations that come up to the brink, to an edge. They nudge, in a calculating way, at limits. … Sumi ink is usually diluted for calligraphy but Fielden pours and drips it straight onto the paper — a concentrate of a hundred million kanji — a constellation of characters like the beginning of the universe – that spreads into self-organizing forms, an ebb and flow of raven gloss.”
Fielden’s work has been exhibited across Australia and overseas, including in her solo show ‘An Immeasurable Distance’ at The Lock-Up, ‘To Have and To Hold’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and ‘Condo Complex’ at Patricia Conde Galeria in Mexico City. She has been selected as a finalist in numerous awards, including the prestigious NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship held at Artspace, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, and The Blake Prize. In 2018, she was awarded the Art Omi Australia Committee Fellowship, selected to represent Australia at the Art Omi artists residency in upstate New York. Fielden was a resident at Parramatta Artists’ Studios from 2016 – 2021, and is currently based in Sydney.