Evelyn Roman ’19 Honors Trailblazers Through Art
Evelyn Roman ’19, a major in sociology, decided to cap off her Beloit experience by giving back through art. She had taken various studio art classes during her time at Beloit, and in her senior year was inspired to make a series of artworks honoring Latinx women who have made a difference in the world. “As a woman of color, I wanted to start this project in regards to bringing awareness to women who have done so much change in the world, but are hardly recognized. I have particularly focused on four different women, Dolores Huerta, Lidia Aurora Carvajal, Sylvia Rivera, and Rigoberta Menchu who have all made an impact in society,” writes Evelyn, “As a low-income, first generation, latina woman it is not easy to live in a world that was not built for you. I constantly fight everyday to battle the world around me and prove to them that this Latina will not give up. In the same way that these four women did not. They did whatever it took to make sure there was equality for all. Now, it is our turn to give back to them because since the beginning of time, women have been dehumanized and not appreciated enough, and failed to realize that these women are here to help us grow and further our success into making a positive change in this world.”
Evelyn approached Professor of studio art Scott Espeseth about starting a special project to make linocut portraits of the four women she was researching. Linocut is a relief printing process in which a sheet of linoleum is cut into a surface that can be inked and printed like a stamp. Evelyn had been introduced to the process in a relief printmaking class. “Evelyn’s linocut portraits have a strong, graphic punch,” says Espeseth, “They mirror the boldness of these women who have taken action for social change.” The project evolved to incorporate mixed media collage, often framing the printed portraits. Evelyn states, “As an artist, I have chosen to show my appreciation to these women through my printmaking skills. I have created four mixed media portraits on these four different women and contributed a little of what they have done into the piece. I personally picked these four women because in one way or another their differences have made my life or my loved one’s lives a lot easier. They hold a special place in my heart.”
Evelyn displayed her finished project in Pearsons Hall at the conclusion of her senior year. She is now a graduate student in the sociology program at Northern Illinois University and has been working with the Psychology department at the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Center.