Ashley Eriksmoen

Ashley Eriksmoen  — Two wrongs could make a right, 2018


Two-wrongs could make a right is a mash-up of two wooden chairs remade into one denser and more comfortable chair. The original chairs had been discarded as waste. Though still structurally intact, they had lost any perceived value, having become unfashionable and unsellable despite residual functionality. In the context of an affluent, consumer society, they had become ‘wrong’. Utilising post-consumer waste as a material source addresses expanding landfills linked to an overabundance of low-quality consumer goods. This consolidation of two discarded chairs by appropriating traditional seat-weaving techniques results in a single, more ergonomic seating option that is a Franken-furniture, post-modern medley of outmoded styles. 

Ashley Eriksmoen is a designer and maker living and working in Ngarigo/Ngambri/ Canberra. Her practice addresses environmental issues and aims to reveal the connections between natural resource use, consumer waste, deforestation and wildlife habitat reductions. Her practice spans sculpture, contemporary craft and critical design and challenges narrow definitions of furniture. Ashley re-appropriates salvaged wood furniture to construct works reminiscent of threatened native flora and fauna. She has exhibited in nationally and internationally, notably she was curated into the landmark exhibit Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking, Philadelphia (2019). Her work is held in public and private collections including the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. In 2021 she was the winner of the prestigious Clarence Prize (Hobart) for excellence in furniture design and was the winner of the Australian Furniture Design Award in 2022. Ashley has lectured at the Australian National University School of Art & Design since 2012. 

The Chair 

Anna Varendorff, Ash Allen, Ashley Eriksmoen, Bern Chandley, Bonhula Yunupingu & Damien Wright, Brodie Neill, Brud Studia, Cordon Salon, Dean Norton, Duncan Young & Noah Hartley, Georgia Weitenberg, Isabel Avendano-Hazbun, James Lemon, Jess Humpston, Jill Stevenson, Johnny Nargoodah & Trent Jansen, Nicole Lawrence & Thomas Coward, Liam Mugavin, Marta Figueiredo, Michael Gittings, Sam Tomkins, Iain [Max] Maxwell & Ben Ennis-Butler, Trent Jansen for Broached Monsters by Broached Commissions, Two Lines Studio, Zachary Frankel.

Read more about The Chair here

'The Chair' exhibition is the first in a series presented by Craft Victoria honouring iconic objects of functional craft and design with a material driven approach.

Material:  reclaimed wood chairs, twine, acrylic spray paint, oil finish 

Dimensions:  dimensions variable 

One available, please enquire with the team at Craft for details or call +61 3 9650 7775

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