Xandra van der Eijk graduated from the Interfaculty ArtScience at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, after graduating from Graphic Design (BA) at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Van der Eijk investigates natural processes and elements, where the concept of time is a recurring theme. Through many experiments and thorough theoretical research these processes develop in conceptual works with a strong visual component. She documents and describes, but never fails to allow space for poetry.
Van der Eijk is a core tutor at the Masters Institute of Visual Cultures leading the new research pathway Ecology Futures. Her role is to develop the curriculum, build the team and find the right collaboration partners. She hopes to translate her deep interest in human-made ecosystems and the rich knowledge on biobased materials present in the institute and in her own practice, into a critical MA course that brings forth artists that know how to imagine, shape and comment on alternative ecological futures.
Exhibitions & Bibliography
Her work has been published on/in DEZEEN, Materia, New Scientist, LS:N Global, TL Magazine, IDN World, Domus, Vibrant Architecture: Matter as a CoDesigner of Living Structures by Rachel Armstrong, Kunstkritikk, NRC Handelsblad, Kunstbeeld and many more. Exhibitions locations included MU Artspace (NL), Musée des Arts Decoratifs (FR), Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Gramolna Museum/Meta.Morf Biennale (NO), V2_ (NL), STUK/Artefact (BE), Kikk Festival (BE), and Science Gallery Dublin (IRL) as well as major design festival participations such as Dutch Design Week, Milan Design Week, Hong Kong Design Week and London Design Festival.