Emma Fielden, ‘The Veil (after René Magritte’s The Lovers)’ was presented in her 2020 exhibition ‘Approaching Zero’. The exhibition included a series of works on paper that involves thousands of zeroes, a singular 1, and a decimal point. Depending on the placement of these mathematical elements, each work inhabits a pulsing, abstract space that is either vast or minute, recalling the texture of hand-woven linen or silk, adding an absorbing intimacy to a vast mathematical system. Carol Jenkins writes, “The Veil illuminates the paradox of how Fielden uncannily steps just over the sleeping dog of zero, and puts her infinitesimally small and adamant ‘1’ at a place that is close to but not the very furthest remove allowed by the page and the number of zeros she can fit on to head of her proverbial pin, each of a gossamer width. It lets us see the alliance between what is tending to the infinitely large and what is tending towards zero. Infinity is hard, if not impossible to imagine, but Fielden helps in this with her psychologically dizzying The Veil. If I look at it long enough, I feel like I’m looking into space.”
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.