Emma Fielden, 'We radiate as oxides bloom', 2023. Diptych. Silverpoint and gesso on canvas. 55 x 115cm (each 55 x 55cm). Image courtesy: the artist. Photography by Lucy Parakhina. 

Artist statement

This diptych was made using a drawing implement I forged from silver that I inherited from the late Australian artist Margaret West. Gestural lines reach out at arm's length across and beyond the canvases, exploring the significance of this inheritance through a poetry of dualities: infinity and zero, self and other, seen and unseen, known and unknown. The silver’s oxidisation process is adopted as a metaphor for cycles of change and growth, life and death.

Instagram: @emmafielden

Website: www.emmafielden.com

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.