Annika has been exploring the hidden corners of her environment since childhood. Roaming the hills of Northwest Arkansas where she calls home, Annika is always seeking out the forgotten places: barns, houses, derelict buildings that exist in their own small bubble of decay.
She is fascinated with these structures and the way nature interacts with the buildings humans have abandoned. When walking into a forgotten space Annika feels an indescribable feeling… somewhere between fear, sadness, curiosity, reverence and nostalgia. It’s a feeling that leaves the hair standing up on the back of your neck. When she paints, she wishes to impart a sense of this feeling to her viewers. Annika sees abandoned objects and derelict buildings as having their own sense of belonging in the world. How these objects settle, decay, and disintegrate is the idea behind some of her latest works.
Annika currently works from her studio in Northwest Arkansas where she also lives with her innumerable houseplants, two cats, Caetano and Wolfie, and photographer boyfriend Charlie. Her work consists of paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media, often with found objects. She also creates linocuts, digital design and illustration, handmade jewelry, wool felted dolls and cards/stationary.