Arleene Correa Valencia’s family migrated to the United States twenty-three years ago in 1997 and established themselves in California’s wine country: Napa Valley. She seeks to investigate and question her political status as a registered “illegal alien” by drawing connections to those in similar legal confinements through painting, textiles, sculptures, and found objects. Using her narrative, she touches upon themes of migration, human rights, hardship, discrimination, visibility, invisibility, the fear of deportation, and separation. With her art practice, Arleene aims to acknowledge a long history of oppression, resilience, and undying strength reflected in her community.
Arleene Correa Valencia is a Mexican-born artist living and working between San Francisco and Napa, California. In 2018 Correa de Valencia received her BFA from California College of the Arts, where she will also finish her MFA in 2020. As a recipient of DACA, she has both worked and studied under this legal permit since 2012. Correa de Valencia is one of four children originally from Arteaga, Michoacán, Mexico.