Emma Fielden, Coalescence, 2019. HD video, 9:10 minutes, sumi ink and water. Courtesy: the artist.
In Coalescence, what initially looks like Emma Fielden’s concrete studio floor transforms into a state of fluidity as ink meets water. This video work is as much about the mathematical concepts of fluid dynamics and the Big Bang theory as
it is about the emotional physicality of two materials becoming one. The merging of two bubbles is the quintessential example of coalescence, which is when two forms merge on a molecular level. Such phenomena can also be seen on a cosmic scale, such as the inevitable collision of the Andromeda and the Milky Way galaxies. Fielden’s work attempts to place a finger on patterns that cross all scales of behaviour, from the bonding of two atoms to the collision of vast galaxies.