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.