Statement

Born in Mexico, Arely Morales moved to the Texas at the age of 14 years old. She later attended Stephen F Austin State University, where she graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Photography.

The experience of merging into a new culture, and being part of a minority group that is currently targeted, and profiled with negativity, has influenced the subject matter of her work, which focuses on Immigrant workers.

Arely is interested in the vulnerabilities that take place within this group. Class-based exploitation, physical and emotional sufferings, and the invisibility and dehumanization that these workers confront in the United States.

Through portraiture, she brings focus to these workers’ lives. She dares the viewer to confront them, she shares aspects of their lives: their colorful culture, their humanity, and vulnerability. Hoping that the viewer can appreciate them, and begin to recognize the contributions they make to this country.