Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen commissioned for NGV Triennial

'Fell' by Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with funds donated by Esther Frenkiel OAM and David Frenkiel, 2023
Wednesday 13 December 2023

NGV Triennial 2023 is a powerful and moving snapshot of the world today as captured through the work of 120 artists, designers, and collectives at the forefront of global contemporary practice. Bringing contemporary art, design and architecture into dialogue with one another and traversing all four levels of NGV International, the NGV Triennial features more than 100 extraordinary projects that invite us to reflect on the world as it is, while also asking how we would like it to be.

Taking the form of a felled tree and its stump, Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen’s Fell is constructed from timber elements salvaged from a diverse array of discarded domestic furniture. Examining the relationship between humans, furniture and the natural environment, the work conveys a potent message on resource extraction. Returning the furniture detritus to its original form of a tree, Eriksmoen seeks to reverse the process of decay. Through this ironic repatriation of discarded resources, the designer-maker urges us to consider our impact on the environment and use of natural resources. Eriksmoen’s design practice tackles environmental issues concerning deforestation, habitat loss and waste. Fell prompts reflection on responsible resource usage, fostering a dialogue on sustainable practices.

Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen engages in a studio-based practice of critical design. Over the past decade, she has been salvaging timber and appropriating discarded wood furniture to construct her works. She has steered away from narrow disciplinary boundaries, pursuing furniture in the expanded field as a way of addressing pressing environmental issues including natural resource use, consumer waste and deforestation. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design 2021, and the Australian Furniture Design Award 2022.

Ashley is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Art & Design.


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