We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Roman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
This question always comes up especially in new introductions and it’s so hard for me to give a simple answer because in reality, I’m from many places. In short, I was born in Chicago, IL, then moved to a small town in Virginia, graduated high school in Texas, spent my first college semester in Las Vegas, then moved out to Colorado following my family and where I am currently located. I’ve lived in 13 different houses, seemingly always on the move. I’m one of the first people in my family born here in America. I come from a biracial and tri-cultural family who has helped shape me into who I am today. My rich and complicated history and upbringing is the core of who I am and who I plan to be. I am a creative, an artist, a storyteller, a creator of worlds. I try not to fit myself into a box because if I’ve learned anything about my world constantly changing, it’s that life is what you make it. Boundaries are non-existent.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is mainly focused on trying to figure out who I am as a human being on this Earth through family history and relationships with my family. I love being understood, I crave it really, at the very least I like being heard. My diverse background and family history have helped me with that, but there are still many mysteries which I’m trying to piece together or even make up for the first time. I think anyone with indigenous history, no matter where in the world, will relate to the fact that our histories were lost or destroyed in some way, and I think we’re all on the verge of reclamation and rediscovery. I’m most excited for doing the research behind my family specifically, and how I can create a narrative that relates to the modern day, using both ancient and current technologies. I think the most hurdles I’ve encountered have had to do with myself and my mental capacities. Taking the time to ground myself and keep in touch with my mental health and physical body have definitely helped a lot. Being creative and making art is a very physical thing for me. I love making work with my hands rather than sitting and drawing on a flat surface.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Colorado is such a beautiful place that I really recommend anyone thinking to visit should spend at least a week here. There are many awesome places to eat and a plethora of microbreweries to choose from. In Boulder, where I live, my favorite places to go are Wonder Wonder (also where I work), hiking at Chautauqua and South Mesa Trailhead, Terracotta because I have a small obsession with plants. I also would visit the CU Boulder campus because I think it’s beautiful and has great views of the mountains. Pearl Street is where all of the tourists go, and for good reason! There are lots of small and big brand shops, Trident is one of my favorite coffee places. I know Boulder almost like the back of my hand at this point. In terms of food, Boulder Baked has some of my favorite desserts ever, Avanti and Rosetta Hall have a great selection of high quality bites, Nick-n-Willy’s pizza is to die for, and Bartaco has incredible food all around. The only place I will buy clothes on Pearl Street is a pop-up boutique called Past Life the Collective, which has really fun and cute ethically made clothing right from Denver, and includes a bunch of different sizes for all types of folks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family deserves the most credit because they gave me many diverse opportunities growing up and always had my back. I know they will support me in anything I choose to do. The IMAP program at CU Boulder has always been a valuable resource and one that deserves more recognition. In the Photography department, my teachers Mariana Vieira, Melanie Walker, and Albert Chong, have been extraordinarily helpful when it comes to constructive feedback and creative direction. All the friends and colleagues I’ve made during my time at CU have also been extremely helpful.