Intricacies - Christina Mrozik & Zoe Keller
Antler Gallery is thrilled to share with you Intricacies, a collaborative body of work from Christina Mrozik and Zoe Keller.
The pair had only met once in person before deciding to live together while working on this incredible project, which would become their first self-published book and is now being presented as a series of original drawings.
They worked tirelessly over several months to first complete the works which make up the book’s content and then fund it’s production through Kickstarter. The drawings are all done in graphite on paper and feature a range of interpretations of elements from the natural world, some with a surreal edge and others reminiscent of natural history studies.
The show will commence on November 27th at 6pm, and the pair will be releasing a hand embellished, limited edition print of their work "Root and Marrow". Below, alongside photographs of their gold leafing process, Chris and Zoe discuss their creative process, the art of collaboration, and some great advice for aspiring artists!
What inspires each of you to make art? Can you tell us a little bit about the influences and inspirations behind this particular body of work?
We share a similar interest in traditional scientific illustration and storytelling. For this project, we were influenced by the minutiae of the landscape that surrounded our studio, and by the experiences we each had on the Maine coast just before our moves to Michigan. There were many hours of close observation of mushrooms, feathers, and other bits of farm field flotsam and jetsam. Time was another important influence; living in the country and working only on that body of work for nine months gave us so much space to think, to heal emotionally through art making, and to consider the idea that the beauty of the natural world is valid enough subject matter to stand on its own.
Coming into the project, Christina had done collaborative drawings and in these shared spaces found an appreciation for the vulnerability of working through ideas with other artists before they are fully formed; sharing a concept in its earliest stages opens up new avenues and can lead to the creation of something completely unexpected. Chris proposed the collaborative project, and Zoe was game to try something new.
Often the collaboration happened in the heady, pre-drawing conceptual phase. Sometimes we would physically pass a drawing back and forth between our two desks, at times with very specific direction about what we wanted the other person to draw, and at others as a totally open unfinished visual thought. We were almost always on the same page about when a piece was done, but Christina was better at carrying a drawing those last few feet over the finish line. Many of the drawings got their final pencil strokes on her desk.