Playing with form, pattern, shape, and modern experience, Arlette Zurbuchen paints performative pieces in acrylic on canvas. She depicts theatrical subjects with both an attention to realistic portrayal and alteration. By fragmenting planes of color and shape, and skewing the size or background of images, Zurbuchen simultaneously renders each piece an honest depiction of costume and personal alteration, and an altered portrayal of honesty and reality. In many of her works, Zurbuchen fills backgrounds with pattern. This creates planes of space that are uniform in color and subject while at the same time varying slightly with each hand-painted repetition. Saturated pigments recur in many of the works, creating lively, present images. The mysterious nature of humanity is a central focus of much of Zurbuchen’s work, as she balances silhouettes, distorted figures, and bright colors to construct works that range from surreal to humorous.
Born in Bern, Switzerland, Arlette Zurbuchen works in theater direction as well as painting. Much of her work balances the same artifice and humanity present in the world of performance.