Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the types of relationships that form within it. Having grown up on the Grand River in Michigan, she was inspired by it's habitats at an early age. Blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart. She often draws with ink and marker on paper, adding bursts of color with watercolor and high pigmented acrylics. Christina is inspired by many of the early naturalists such as Audobon, but also by visual storytellers such as Rackham. She views the art making process as one of portraiture, in which analyzing the drawing helps make sense of peoples' histories and abilities. Based in Grand Rapids Michigan, she has shown both regionally and nationally. Currently she is helping finish the Mesoamerica Resiste poster illustration with the Beehive Design Collective, an artist/activist group based in Machias Maine.
Materials: Pen, ink, newsprint, scrapbook paper, watercolor, lace, fur, paper clay, beads, energy, naps, movies and books on tape.
Interests: Bones, collections, old photographs, Oriental rugs, thunder storms, locally grown food, dinosaur exhibitions, flea markets, magazine stands, good coffee, dead bugs, goose eggs.
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Photo credit: Pat Perry