Alexandrya Eaton

Eaton in her studio, March 2024
Eaton in her studio, March 2024

Alexandrya Eaton (she/her) is a contemporary Canadian visual artist whose practice includes painting, textiles, sculpture, and weaving. Eaton’s current research examines how fabric manipulations can be incorporated into painting practice, and how the canvas, a woven material, accepts these folds and stitches, conceptually exploring layers and connections of material and memory. 

In a practice spanning over thirty years, Eaton has had fifty solo exhibitions, participated in numerous group exhibitions, and her work can be found in many private and public collections nationally and internationally. 

Eaton’s work has been acquired by: the New Brunswick Art Bank; Mount Allison University; RBC Dominion Securities; Aliant Telecom; Nesbitt Burns; NB Power; the UNB Art Centre; Toronto Dominion Bank; Atlantic Lottery Corporation; Centre d’Art de Baie-Saint-Paul; and the Masterworks Foundation, among many other public and corporate collections.

Life raft, acrylic, thread, rope, yarn, canvas, 2023
Life raft, acrylic, thread, rope, yarn, canvas, 2023
Eaton with work installed Emily Carr University of Art & Design, July 2023
Eaton with work installed Emily Carr University of Art & Design, July 2023

Early in her career, Eaton was invited to participate in the Symposium de la Jeune Peinture au Canada, in Baie- Saint-Paul, Quebec. The youngest of fifteen international artists, her large twenty-foot painting then traveled to the exhibition, TERRE-TERRE, at the Museum of the Americas, in Washington, D.C.

Over the years, Eaton’s paintings have been included in several important group exhibitions, such as: Anecdotes and Enigmas, curated by Hermenegilde Chiasson; and BLISS, curated by Shauna McCabe. BLISS combined the work of four international artists exploring the image and idea of flowers and flowering, and its relationship to the poetic, questioning modern perceptions of beauty. 

Eaton's work was also included in Artists in a Floating World and Images of our Time and Place, both curated by Tom Smart, as well as Psi-kewk keti mewi~Tout va Bien Aller~Everything is Gonna be Fine~Wela’sitew na, celebrating 50 Years of the New Brunswick Art Bank, curated by 3E Collective. In 2023, Eaton’s work was chosen to be part of Art Walk Toronto, a public art installation curated by Liza Zhurkovskaya.

Eaton at work in her studio, 2023
Eaton at work in her studio, 2023

Eaton’s Busy Woman series explores her personal experience as a working mother, developing into a playful social commentary on working mothers as everyday superheroes. As a result, Eaton was invited to participate in the group exhibition, Hot Pop Soup: Neo-Pop Trends in Contemporary New Brunswick Art, curated by Terry Graff, in 2012, for which she created her large mural, Superhero Warehouse.

Eaton has received many project grants to continue the development of her work. In 2015, she was awarded a creation grant from artsnb to carry out a two year fibre arts project. This pivotal project resulted in a large body of work and ultimately the solo exhibition, Becoming, which was shown five times across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, beginning at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, in 2018; Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, in Saint Andrews, in 2019; and the Saint John Arts Centre in 2021.

Becoming was also included in Eaton's retrospective exhibition, Everything in Between, at the Owens Art Gallery, in 2021. Everything in Between was curated by the New Brunswick curatorial group, 3E Collective, and celebrated thirty years of Eaton's art practice.

3E Collective, comprised of Emilie Grace Lavoie, Erin Goodine and Emma Hassencahl-Perley, also wrote the accompanying retrospective publication, Everything in Between, which looks back over thirty years of Eaton's artmaking, placing Eaton's work within the critical context of time and place, and offering insights on motherhood and femininity. With over one hundred colour images, the book offers a thorough survey of Eaton's art practice over the past three decades. Eaton gratefully acknowledges that funding for the book project was provided by the New Brunswick Arts Board. 

In 2022, Eaton was awarded Canadian Rug Hooking Artist of the Year and was honoured with a solo exhibition at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America.

For the past three decades, Alexandrya Eaton has maintained a steadfast commitment to studio practice, a rigorous exhibition schedule, and a longstanding commitment to community involvement. Eaton is currently completing a Master of Fine Art through Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Eaton’s artwork investigates alternative ways of knowing and demonstrates how traditional textile practices can be integrated into a painting practice as a bodily form of memory, reaffirming matrilineal connections through making. 

Eaton lives and works in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. The artist acknowledges that this land is located within the traditional territory of Mi'kma'ki, the unceded ancestral homelands of the Mi'kmaq.

Solo exhibition
Solo exhibition "I Carry You With Me" A/X Arts & Culture Centre 2023
Alexandrya at the opening of her solo exhibition,
Alexandrya at the opening of her solo exhibition, "Becoming", at Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre 2019
Alexandrya's solo exhibition,
Alexandrya's solo exhibition, "Becoming", Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick 2018
Alexandrya's solo retrospective exhibition,
Alexandrya's solo retrospective exhibition, "Everything in Between", at the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, 2021
Becoming, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, 2019
Becoming, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, 2019
Becoming, artist talk, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 2018
Becoming, artist talk, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 2018