Annie was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. She she attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 2004 with a BFA in painting & drawing. After working at the Art Institute of Chicago for a number of years, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her MFA at California College of the Arts, graduating in the spring of 2014. She now works at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in Exhibitions.
In her newest work, brushstrokes hem and haw; squalls of discordant colors - bright, muted, and muddied - crash through scenes as waves, fitful and fickle. Hurried strokes sprout appendages that extend and coalesce, sinking into one another like treacle. House paints surface from larger puddles of acrylic and bubble. Thinner, ribbed strokes hit the surface and split, forming small apertures to the contrasting plane below. Following the thorough priming of each surface with paint or stretched fabric, the production of each piece is just that: a short-lived but frantic event whose end result - a bubbling, writhing ‘structure’ atop a flatter plain - confuses the logistical order of its making. In these moments, she is a conjuror of the ghosts of mishap and intention. There is a potent mystery in the making. Still, more deliberate additions, foreign in texture and color, may find themselves corrupting these more fluid gestures. They are clumsy, abrupt; they mean to disrupt and disconcert.
In the contradictions within and between paintings, it is Annie's hope that a new conversation emerges - one about abstraction, figuration, subversion and absurdity.