The Alice Connection
Ever since she was a young child, Kirstin Mills has been collecting editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. At first she didn’t know what was so special about this particular book: she had read many other fascinating, exciting, and magical stories, and many that she loved better at the time. However, over time she realised many parallels between herself and the book to which she was so mysteriously drawn, and the ‘Alice’ connection came to be a perfect metaphor for her own creative and curious approach to life. A perpetually curious person, Kirstin constantly seeks knowledge and new adventures, and spends most of her time with one foot in this world, and the other in a dreamland of magic and imagination. She follows this curiosity wherever it takes her, and most often this is into the Wonderland of stories and imagination, which she paints and writes about, and also researches in the fascinating historical context of the nineteenth century literature, science, and the supernatural. Her research, unsurprisingly, includes the Alice books and the wealth of magic and meaning within, and her work is opening new doors into this classic world of dreams and curiosities.