Xandra van der Eijk is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. Van der Eijk has developed a distinct research methodology demonstrated in a broad body of work, incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods, and material development in her practice. Through her research, she decentralizes the human perspective by re-interpreting a landscape through its materiality. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time.
Van der Eijk’s work has been nominated and awarded multiple times and is extensively exhibited throughout the world. Her work extends through lectures, workshops, writings, and curating. She is an active member of design collective Dutch Invertuals, co-founding Dutch Invertuals Academy in 2020. Since 2019 she is co-curating FIBER labs, week-long intensives for professionals in the arts and environmental humanities, directed at co-creating new narratives in times of ecological crisis.
Van der Eijk is developing and leading MA Ecology Futures at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures and is an affiliated researcher in the connected Biobased Art and Design Research Group.
She is a Ph.D. candidate at Ulster University (UK) in a shared position between the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and is an associated researcher at Critical Media Lab Basel.