Artist Statement:Having lived in many various places in my life so far, it’s important for me to identify what makes me feel truly at home. There is a consistency in the great outdoors that creates a balance and sense of comfort for me that I can’t find anywhere else. Not only that, but there is an endless stream of inspiration in the natural world. Home is so important to everyone in the world, and to connect to others on this topic, fuels me. Creating positive spaces for those who are open to it, while honoring the respect Mother Nature deserves, is my one goal as an artist.
Artist Biography: Christina Bartonicek is the sole woman working behind the scenes of Open Door Prints. Born in Austria, but with strong ties to the Czech Republic, Christina is currently a printmaker based out of Gainesville, Florida.
In 2013, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz, and has been growing her art career since. Her creative process is inspired by a combination of the traditional imagery of Czech culture and folklore, art nouveau and most recently, the wild flora of Florida. It’s the process of printmaking, especially linocuts, that she feels most connected to while creating and her recent discovery of the Florida flora that has created a new wave of fascination. You can find her working at her home studio, or at the Sweetwater Print Cooperative in downtown Gainesville.