<i>Mi apá (Dad)<i>

Mi apá (Dad)

Oil on canvas, 2019

Arely Morales Roberts

Nacogdoches, TX

My work focuses on issues of identity, humanity and invisibility of the Latino immigrant community in the United States. This interest has a strong connection to my personal life experiences of being an immigrant myself. Born in Mexico, I moved to the United States at age 14 and went through the experience of merging into a new culture. Many times I felt displaced, invisible, and even faced discrimination in my school. I became part of a minority that in today’s political climate is targeted with negativity. In my work, I am interested in exploring these issues and the vulnerabilities that take place within this group. I share with the viewer aspects of our lives that make us human and that often remain unseen. I seek to bring light to these issues, and to create a clarity that makes my subjects feel visible and present as they exist.