‘Infinities’ (number 1) is a hand-engraved fine silver brooch, used as printing plates to make the ‘Infinities’ series, and then inlaid with heat blackened sterling silver. This is the first in a series of 25 individual brooches (please see second image for print arrangement of all 25 brooches). The notion of infinity extends throughout Fielden’s practice, explored here through the minimalist lines of each square constituting a grid in itself and part of a larger grid. Through this, she explores mathematical and metaphysical concepts using repetitive, sensitive marks. Her meticulous approach to engraving sits at the meeting point between science and poetry, conjuring the Hermann grid optical illusion to meditate on the infinite web of relationships between lines and space.
“Akin to Cantor’s Dust, the work points to the scale of infinity – the infinitely large and the infinitesimally small. It draws on set theory and its infinite infinities. And by breaking down the grid and placing it upon the body, it seeks to make the infinite intimate.”