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 had her work featured at international art fairs including Art Toronto (2017) and Nuit Blanche (2011). She has had three solo exhibitions in New York: at Vitrina Gallery, BAU Gallery and Chashama 461 Gallery. Eagen has participated in juried group exhibitions at the Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (Toronto), Central Booking (New York City) and The Kitchen (New York City), and at The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). She has participated in SVA’s BioArt Residency and Chashama’s Studio Space Residency. She is currently a member of the Canadian Art Collective Painter8.
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 Tender: Intimacy in the Digital Age and Anatomy of Desire. These exhibitions explore the sensual, vulnerable, and alienating aspects of the digitization of society. Her exhibition Feed Me Diamonds 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. In her artwork, made of silk, rubber, glitter, and wax, sensual forms are rendered clinical and are at once vulnerable and erotic.
Social Practice + Engagement
Eagen specializes in using art as a means of social engagement around issues of diversity, inclusion and violence prevention. Her interdisciplinary artistic practice combines visual art with published writing, academic research and community events. She has co-authored three book chapters on gender and violence and has published nine academic papers on violence-prevention, contemporary art, and social practice. She has attended multiple United Nations Summits and led design teams to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at “Edit: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology” (2017). In 2011, Eagen was one of three lead female artists that co-created created “Honey I’m Home!”, an interactive film project that explored diversity and stereotypes that was featured at the Nuit Blanche Contemporary Art Festival. This project was featured in Blog T.O. and the Eyeopener, and was listed as one of 12 must-see exhibits by Notable, one of 17 must-see exhibits by The Eyeopener and one of twenty-six top exhibits by The Torontoist. That same year, she used organized and lead a team of students that placed 5th out of 3,000 in the global youth think tank “The Challenge: Future Competition”.