Christina Mrozik’s Darkly Elegant Illustrations Explore The Interconnections Between All Living Beings

Living matter rises and dies within the compound linework of Michigan-born artist Christina Mrozik. On large pieces of paper, she uses pen, ink, marker, and watercolor to compose elegant illustrations of nature that are much different from the usual paintings of serene landscapes and friendly animals. Mrozik’s creatures bustle with a quiet ferocity: cranes perching on wolf carcasses split open with their progeny inside; owls flap wildly, trying to escape a rope of viscera that binds them to the roots below. Full of verdant symbolism, it somewhat resembles a twisted Garden of Eden, but it is important not to let the dark imagery overwhelm us; Mrozik’s vision of life-embracing-death transcends existential horror, arriving at a depiction of nature that gives meaning to death and joins all living things in a greater life process.

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