My pieces act as alternative bodies for my own little ghosts— vessels for the broken dreams, muddled memories, forgotten faces that haunt me in moments. My works are my attempts to answer these questions: how to let something go without forgetting it; how to tame the fears that most terrify me; and where to put the things I loved most when I must give them up. As I have delved into the world of children’s art through my time as an elementary school art teacher, my works have begun to reflect how children tackle these questions too, and in which ways do our approaches to these questions change and remain the same as we grow older.
My work is for anyone who, like me, finds themselves wandering through this world, lost, haunted, and not knowing where they wish to go. It is my hope that in my artifacts, the wreckage of my own wanderings, someone might find a small glimmer of whatever they are searching for, or at least a desire to adventure a little further until they find the memory that guides them home.
Mia Rollins was born in Nashville, TN in 1995. She was a competitive figure skater for 15 years. Rollins's work has been included in various exhibitions, including Momo Art Collective’s 2017 Pop-Up Show in Nashville, TN and the 2019 Art of the South at Memphis College of Art. In 2017 Rollins exhibited her Honors Thesis Show, Goodnight Baby: Retrospective in Lullaby in the List Center for the Arts in Providence, RI. Rollins has work within the collection of Brown University at J. Walter Wilson and the collection of the Creative Arts Council. She has received numerous awards and grants including the Brown Arts Initiative Grant and the Joslin Award for Excellence in Art. In 2016, Rollins published her first children's book, Imperfectly Elsa. It is now in the permanent collection of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library. In 2017, Rollins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, receiving an honors degree in Visual Arts and a degree in Modern Culture and Media. In 2018, Mia joined the staff of the Episcopal School of Nashville as their elementary school Visual Arts teacher. In 2019, Rollins exhibited a collaborative show with Yasmine L. El-Chaer, Seven Voyages at Studio 66 Gallery in Nashville, TN. She currently lives and works in Nashville, TN.