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2021 Senior BFA Interview: Ash Albeser

Photo of an installation of Ash's work, with a piece of fur from a coyote in the foreground
Decomposition, Coyote Pelt, Skull, Natural Dyes.

Ash Albeser

Ash Albeser is a visual artist from Southampton, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the College of New Jersey in 2021. She works in sculpture, installation, performance art, fiber arts, and digital illustration. Albeser’s works focus on human emotion and experiences by projecting onto animals. Their inability to verbally communicate gives humans the ability to interpret emotion through intense and unique body language, facial expressions, and sounds

In regards to her process and future plans, Albeser states, “My works focus on an unspoken relationship between human emotion projected onto animals. My artist process starts with me gaining inspiration from my personal life, I then take from my dreams and fears to create an illustration of what I want to create. From there I decide the medium and size. I like to challenge myself and explore with as many materials I can get my hands on. Once I have my materials I work on my project however it’s usually not done until I’ve finally put it into its intended space. After college I plan on taking some time off to focus on my personal life and art practice. When I’m ready, I will apply to graduate school to gain my MFA so I can eventually get a teaching job.”

Hollow features a non traditional take on taxidermy by combining it with painting, paper making, and installation. Albeser has explored ways to achieve the imagery of a canine through line and form. Pushing the animal further, she has used real animal parts to honor the animal while also creating haunting art installations. By using the canine mounted onto a European style frame, she was able to create an eye catching and confrontational piece of artwork that demands the attention of the viewer. To combat the hostility of the mount Albeser used a direct juxtaposition of multiple fragile, dainty, and handmade paper skulls. Hollow is a reflection not only on sexual assault but also on society’s history of enabling predatory behavior. Each experience with the installation is private and intimate.