Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Veronica Rogers

Why Wheaton? In thinking about Wheaton, the one word that stands out to me above all others is opportunity. Wheaton really strives to make student’s aspirations a reality.  I am grateful to have been able to engage in this attitude, and take advantage of the many opportunities Wheaton has to offer.

Inspirations: My work is inspired by my experiences during a Wheaton service project in New Orleans. We were able to communicate with many locals who voiced their love for their city, and shared stories of their personal experiences during Hurricane Katrina.

Near the end of our trip, we traveled to the Bayou Nature Reserve, where a ranger spoke with us and provided a very different perspective about the hurricane’s impact on New Orleans. He claimed that New Orleans is not fit for civilization and stated that the levees should be taken down and the city should be given back to nature. Hearing this unexpected opinion, on top of witnessing the state of New Orleans post-hurricane, illuminated for me the severity of this struggle between people and nature.

Artistic interpretations: My artwork demonstrates an appreciation of both nature and humanity, intertwining the two in a visual narrative. My paintings examine the environmental issues we face today: a struggle between the preservation of nature against an aggressively expanding society.

Environmental catastrophes: In light of the recent event of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the concept of my work takes on greater meaning. This spill is having a grave impact on our environment from the Gulf of Mexico reaching all the way to Louisiana. The effect of the spill will most likely continue to damage the wildlife, regional economies, and people’s lives for decades to come.

Favorite quote? “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” –Robert Kennedy