The work of Portland, OR-based artist Christina Mrozik is no stranger to Haute Macabre. We’re all enamored with her ouevre. A new print or book release is always cause for excitement around here, to say nothing of the tides of emotion conjured and stoked by her creations. And so, it’s with a deliciously melancholy ache in my chest that I’m pleased to share the news that Mrozik is about to release a new limited edition print, entitled How to Hold:
From Mrozik’s Gentle Hearts Club newsletter:
I made this piece a year and a half ago and it’s just been sitting here with me, quietly aiding some invisible part of myself that needed a kind of undoing and comfort. I think it’s important to sometimes make work just for myself and then to keep it for just myself until the time is right to bring others into it. Art can be vulnerable stuff, it’s made from the very core of a person’s mind out of thin air. Magic.
At the time this was made I was struggling with my ability to hold; to hold it together, to hold tightly enough, to hold lightly or to simply let go. It felt like there was a system in place with a proper way to move, to heal, to exist that I couldn’t quite grasp and I struggled to recognize myself. Was I the sparrow navigating cities of glass, or the iris piercing the seasonal soil, or maybe the predator’s grip which could pierce or hold so gently. I felt this lack of rightness and excess of being. I think I kept the piece with me all this time because it was a signal that the healing was still happening, but now with enough passing of time, I can look back on myself with this incredible grace and growth for my own limitation and the widening that was occurring underneath, invisible to even myself.
This piece carries a little haunt and a little peace, and most importantly a good reminder of the reshaping of the dark. It’s special, and now I get to share it with you and hope that reminder can enter your homes and lives as well.
How to Hold will be available via Christina Mrozik’s shop on Sunday, July 21st at 10am PST. Each limited edition print is signed and numbered by the artist, measures 13 x 27 in. (33.2 x 68.6 cm), printed with archival inks on heavy weight photo-rag paper, similar to the paper the original drawing was made on.
But wait, there’s more! Along with How to Hold, Mrozik is also releasing a new pin, the design of which delights me no end. This exquisite little orb weaver spider has a delicate blossom for an abdomen. She’s a tender dream spooder.
For more poignant and thought-provoking beauty, be sure to follow Christina Mrozik on Instagram.