Arlette

Arlette’s practice straddles various dichotomies: hard yet malleable materials, such as metal and volcanic rock, are used to explore soft, intimate themes of family, gender and identity. The commercialisation of art and the gallery as a retail space are brought into relation with art as an ancient, spiritual and necessary discipline where sculptures become relics and the gallery space a place of worship. Text is woven into her work in both Spanish and English, playfully obfuscating meaning, staging a tension between faith and frustration.

Intricately linked to her childhood in Mexico, Arlette’s work is an automated manifestation of a subconsciously developed visual language: metal dominates, linked to her Mexican heritage where the tradition of silver work has been passed down through generations.

Charged with references to hyper-masculinity, religious symbolism and Mexican folklore, Arlette constructs a world that oscillates between the unbreakable and the tender, the elemental and the familiar.

b. 1998, Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico

Education
2022

BA, Central Saint Martins, London

Solo Exhibitions
2023

José, Rose Easton, London

Group Exhibitions
2023

On the edge of fashion, Rose Easton, London

2022

WORLD FAMOUS BABYLON, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London

Auftrebende Kunstler, Proyecto Paralelo Recorrido Zona Maco, Mexico City

2021

Talabarteria Malcriada 2021, Espacio Union, Mexico City

2019

Sonic Event, Lethaby Gallery, London

Without Maiz There is no Pais, Tate Modern, London

2018

Metaphonica IV, Central Saint Martins, London

Art Park, LUX, London

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023, metal, volcanic rock, 80 x 52 x 30 cm (31 ½ x 20 ½ x 11 ¾ in)

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023, metal, volcanic rock, 80 x 52 x 30 cm (31 ½ x 20 ½ x 11 ¾ in)

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Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023, acrylic on canvas, metal frame, 116 x 99 x 6 cm (45 ⅝ x 39 x 2 ⅜ in)

Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023, acrylic on canvas, metal frame, 116 x 99 x 6 cm (45 ⅝ x 39 x 2 ⅜ in)

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 28 September – 4 November 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 28 September – 4 November 2023

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Arlette, José, 2023, metal, 111 x 92 x 3 cm (43 ¾ x 36 ¼ x 1 ⅛ in)

Arlette, José, 2023, metal, 111 x 92 x 3 cm (43 ¾ x 36 ¼ x 1 ⅛ in)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 metal, silver, fibreglass, resin, 92 x 78 x 58 cm (36 ¼ x 30 ¾ x 22 ⅞ in)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 metal, silver, fibreglass, resin, 92 x 78 x 58 cm (36 ¼ x 30 ¾ x 22 ⅞ in)

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Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 volcanic rock, 34 x 29 x 10 cm (13 ⅜ x 11 ⅜ x 4 in)

Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 volcanic rock, 34 x 29 x 10 cm (13 ⅜ x 11 ⅜ x 4 in)

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 28 September – 4 November 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 28 September – 4 November 2023

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 28 September – 4 November 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 28 September – 4 November 2023

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Arlette, Testicle 2, 2023, metal, volcanic rock, 34 x 29 x 6 cm (13 ⅜ x 11 ⅜ x 2 ⅜ in)

Arlette, Testicle 2, 2023, metal, volcanic rock, 34 x 29 x 6 cm (13 ⅜ x 11 ⅜ x 2 ⅜ in)

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Arlette, Mouse, 2022, Metal

Arlette, Mouse, 2022, Metal

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Arlette, Mouse, 2022 (detail)

Arlette, Mouse, 2022 (detail)

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Arlette, Pussy Tie 3, 2022, silver-plated metal, hair, 6 x 51 x 30 cm (2 ⅜ x 20 ⅛ x 11 ¾ in) (dimensions variable)

Arlette, Pussy Tie 3, 2022, silver-plated metal, hair, 6 x 51 x 30 cm (2 ⅜ x 20 ⅛ x 11 ¾ in) (dimensions variable)

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Arlette, XXXL Buckle Belt, 2022, Silver, resin coated photograph, 125 x 17 x 1.5 cm (49 ¼ x 6 ¾ x ⅝ in)

Arlette, XXXL Buckle Belt, 2022, Silver, resin coated photograph, 125 x 17 x 1.5 cm (49 ¼ x 6 ¾ x ⅝ in)

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Arlette, XXXL Buckle Belt, 2022 (detail)

Arlette, XXXL Buckle Belt, 2022 (detail)

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