Sarah Allen Eagen is a communications professional, writer and social practice artist. She is an expert in brand strategy and innovation and is the founder and director of Scarlet Communications.
Sarah Allen Eagen is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Toronto, Canada. She holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design (2013). Eagen has exhibited her artwork extensively in the United States and Canada and has been featured at three international art fairs, including Code Art Fair Denmark (2018), Art Toronto (2017), and Nuit Blanche Toronto (2011). She has had four solo exhibitions in New York: at La Bodega Gallery (2018), Vitrina Gallery (2015), BAU Gallery (2015), and Chashama 461 Gallery (2015). Eagen has participated in juried group exhibitions at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto), Central Booking (New York City), The Kitchen (New York City), and at The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Shell Orientation Gallery (Toronto). She has participated in SVA’s BioArt Residency and Chashama’s Studio Space Residency.
Social Practice & Engagement
Eagen specializes in using art as a means of social engagement around issues of diversity, inclusion and violence prevention. Her interdisciplinary art practice aims to create social change through collaboration with individuals, communities and institutions in the creation of participatory art events. She has attended multiple United Nations Summits as an anti-violence activist. She has also led design teams to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at “Edit: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology” (2017). She organized and led a team of students that placed 5th out of 3,000 in the global youth think tank “The Challenge: Future Competition” (2011).
Eagen was one of three lead female artists that created “Honey I’m Home!”, an interactive film project that explored diversity and inclusion, which was featured at the Nuit Blanche Contemporary Art Festival (2011). This project was highlighted by Canadian news outlets: Notable called this project “one of 12 must-see exhibits”, She Does The City lists it “one of 17 must-see exhibits” and The Torontoist highlighted the work as “one of twenty-six top exhibits”; and The Eyeopener did a behind-the-scenes feature on the installation.
Sarah Allen Eagen’s artwork examines contemporary notions of beauty, obsession, identity, and intimacy. Inspired by technology, fashion, and the intersection of art and science, her work explores interpersonal relationships in the twenty-first century where intimacy is often replaced with immediacy. This theme has been an undercurrent in her work, as seen in her solo exhibitions Guilty Pleasures (2018), Tender: Intimacy in the Digital Age (2015) and Anatomy of Desire (2015). These exhibitions explored the sensual, vulnerable, and alienating aspects of the digitization of society. Her exhibition Feed Me Diamonds (2015) and her accompanying online exhibition Digital Intimacies (2019) invited viewers to confront notions of narcissism, consumption, and instant gratification. Eagen’s artwork blurs the lines between artificial and real, comfort and discomfort, seduction and repulsion. Her sculptures, paintings and collages blend silk, rubber, glitter, and wax into sensual forms which are rendered clinical, and are at once vulnerable and erotic.
Eagen’s writing focuses on contemporary art, culture, and social innovation. She examines artworks through the lens of digital intimacy and explores the ways in which online networks impact interpersonal relationships and the production of culture. Her work explores the social aesthetic, how art and design thinking can be integrated into social innovation. To date, she has co-authored three book chapters, published nine academic papers, and numerous articles on contemporary culture. She has presented research at academic conferences including: College Art Association Conference Annual Conference (2018), EGOS Colloquium (2014), and the NYU-Stern Conference on Social Entrepreneurship (2013). She is currently a contributing writer to SciArt Magazine and Wall Street International Magazine and was formerly the Communications Director for ArtFile Magazine.
Eagen leverages her interdisciplinary skills as an artist, strategist and communications expert with more than five years of experience in public relations. Her artworld experience informs her visual designs and innovative strategies. She oversees complex ventures involving multiple stakeholders and fosters professional relationships between clients, sponsors, cultural partners, and the media. She has a proven track record of translating data into insights and key messaging by transforming research, analysis and data visualization into investor-ready presentations, client-facing messaging and peer-reviewed academic publications. She has built actionable and results-oriented branding and media strategies for both new and well-established companies across the United States and Canada.