I love the objects we keep even though we don’t use them in our daily lives— snow globes, figurines, flowers, etc. I suppose their purpose is to act as mediums for a wordless, timeless conversation: I leave an object of significance to me in a space and the next person to enter the space endows the object with a different meaning, and thus we may, in a way, have a conversation without ever meeting.
The consideration of these these pieces is then a type of myth-making. When we share our stories to each other, we can’t possibly get them “correct”, for if we knew exactly what happened to make us who we are, we wouldn’t be interested enough to fixate on our histories so much. It seems it is in the creation of our own “narratives” that we create ourselves; we are the stories we tell of ourselves to others. My sculptural and video work seek to demonstrate the autobiographical “truths” of my life and the time and place I live in but in a form in which it is hard to tell fairytale from fact.
My pieces act as alternative bodies for my own little ghosts— vessels for the broken dreams, muddled memories, forgotten faces that haunt my waking 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, 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 job 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 keep walking a little further until they see the light 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 Summer show and the 2015, 2016, 2017 Juried Student Exhibitions at the David Winton Bell Gallery in Providence, RI. 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. She currently lives and works in Nashville, TN.