Lexi Arrietta (she/they) is a mixed media sculptor whose work deals with absence, grief, madness, and memory—with the ways in which we try to compensate for loss and compartmentalize wilderness. Arrietta marries elements of nature with remnants of human life to create a material intersection that obscures her hand as the artist, and arouses the sense of happening upon something reverent in the woods—something both otherworldly and familiar. In this liminal space, viewers glimpse the growth and dilapidation of emotional lifeforms abandoned to their own devices. The artist’s practice reckons with feelings of ferality and transience, with how individual trauma or instability can move us to the outskirts of shared society, marking us, and drawing us nearer to a metaphorical wood’s edge, where the dividing line between nature and culture becomes shaky and blurred.
The artist grew up among the fields, woods, and waterways of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They hold a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where they studied with Rico Gatson and Dawn Clements, and where they were awarded the Lori Hertzberg Prize for Creativity. Lexi has had her work exhibited at The Delaware Contemporary, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, Rhizome DC, Chesapeake Arts Center, and Van Der Plas Gallery, among others. She currently lives and works in Washington, DC.