Sapphina Roller

The Contributors portrait

Bio

My name is Sapphina Roller and I am a painting major at RISD class of 2023. I grew up in Verona, Wisconsin and have since moved to Connecticut. My work reflects on my own memory, ways of healing and feeling joy in my body.

What does black joy look like to you?

I think it looks like resting a body that deserves it so desperately. It feels like a smile you fight to hold back, or a laugh you try to suppress.

 June 6th 2003. My older brother (age 3) and me (age 2) at the dining room table in our first home in Fitchburg Wisconsin, drawing in coloring books. I like to imagine my joy of creating and the root of my artistry started in this photo.
June 6th 2003. My older brother (age 3) and me (age 2) at the dining room table in our first home in Fitchburg Wisconsin, drawing in coloring books. I like to imagine my joy of creating and the root of my artistry started in this photo.
Me in my painting studio last semester in December 2021, I feel like this image connects to the picture of me at 2 years old. I feel like everything I make is for her. I think about her constantly.
Me in my painting studio last semester in December 2021, I feel like this image connects to the picture of me at 2 years old. I feel like everything I make is for her. I think about her constantly.