Arlette

The work of the Mexican multidisciplinary artist Arlette often combines seemingly contradictory themes or materials to electrifying, sensual effect. Her use of metal, a medium associated with both longevity and art-historical nobility, is playfully undercut by her ongoing investment in expressing more fluid ideas related to luxury, sexuality, pop culture, and her own personal history. Amusement and arousal emanate from surprising places, just as both things sometimes take us by surprise in life—her practice is not merely about sex, but genuinely sexy, and any references to masculinity in her exploration of gender politics tend to be celebratory and libidinous. This interest in intimacy and sensation extends to Arlette’s work concerning faith, which is no less passionate in nature. Metal has spiritual associations in Mexican culture: the shaping of it requires graft and devotion, resulting in objects of great beauty whose high shine and imposing weight can turn abstract ideas into something physical and permanent. By giving tangibility to what might otherwise merely have been felt—like faith, or lust—Arlette takes the ephemeral and gives it a luxurious, three-dimensional luster, leaving behind pieces that are built to outlast us all.

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

Education
2022

BA, Central Saint Martins, London

Solo & Two-Person Exhibitions
2024

Luxury is personal (with Martine Syms), anonymous with Relaciones Públicas hosting Rose Easton for Condo Mexico City, MX

2023

José, Rose Easton, London

Group Exhibitions
2024

SL x RE, Silke Lindner, New York, US (forthcoming)

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

Luxury is personal, anonymous with Relaciones Públicas hosting Rose Easton for Condo Mexico City, 2024

Luxury is personal, anonymous with Relaciones Públicas hosting Rose Easton for Condo Mexico City, 2024

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Arlette, Couch, 2024, Bronze, 95 x 150 x 75 cm (37 ⅜ x 59 x 29 ½ in)

Arlette, Couch, 2024, Bronze, 95 x 150 x 75 cm (37 ⅜ x 59 x 29 ½ in)

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Arlette, Couch, 2024 (alternative view)

Arlette, Couch, 2024 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Couch, 2024 (alternative view)

Arlette, Couch, 2024 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Couch, 2024 (detail)

Arlette, Couch, 2024 (detail)

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Arlette, Couch, 2024 (detail)

Arlette, Couch, 2024 (detail)

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

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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, Holy Water, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Holy Water, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, 2023

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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, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Caballo Prieto Azabache, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, 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, José, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, José, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, José, 2023 (detail)

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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, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Trapichero, 2023 (detail)

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

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

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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 Testicle 1, 2023 volcanic rock 34 x 29 x 10 cm

Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 (detail)

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Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 (detail)

Arlette, Testicle 1, 2023 (detail)

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

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

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

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

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

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

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

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Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 2023

Arlette, José, Rose Easton, London, 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, Testicle 2, 2023 (alternative view)

Arlette, Testicle 2, 2023 (alternative view)

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Arlette, Mouse, 2022, Metal 11 x 30 x 14 cm 4 ⅜ x 11 ¾ x 5 ½ in

Arlette, Mouse, 2022, Metal, 11 x 30 x 14 cm (4 ⅜ x 11 ¾ x 5 ½ in)

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Arlette, Mouse, 2022 (alternative view)

Arlette, Mouse, 2022 (alternative view)

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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, Pussy Tie 3, 2022 (detail)

Arlette, Pussy Tie 3, 2022 (detail)

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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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