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Emma Fielden, ‘Dialogue’


Emma Fielden, ‘Dialogue’, 2020, performance with limestone, HD video with sound, 06:55 hours, edition of 3 + 2AP
Performers: Emma Fielden and Tarik Ahlip. Videographer: Dara Gill. Commissioned by Parramatta Artists’ Studios Rydalmere for NEXT.

$6,000.00 inc GST

Emma Fielden’s video work ‘Dialogue’ documents a performance commissioned by Parramatta Artists’ Studios Rydalmere, where the artist and collaborator Tarik Ahlip break down a large limestone boulder into its smallest particles, attempting to bridge material and psychological distances. Julie Ewington writes in her essay on this work: “Dialogue is an exercise in persistence, in discipline: the arduous repetition of small actions here reverses the long environmental processes that made the stone, the geological time that is compressed into its substance.”⁠

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.


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