“I remember thinking, ‘I actually don't know if I will survive this,’ and I remember thinking to myself, ‘if I do, I'm going to just use this experience to create platforms through my work, which can be useful to other people’."
Annie began creating art work exploring her emotions and relation to the grief that she was experiencing. Since then she’s continued to put grief, death and survival at the forefront of her work.
“I really, really feel there's so much value in opening this subject up. There are so many circumstances in which you can lose people, but all of us will experience death in some way in our lives and making that part of the daily narrative is really essential.
“I went through a period of being really very isolated in my grief, but, I think, by opening up we are able to sort of connect to each other in more ways than we are divided.”
With the Lost Hours Mural, Annie hoped her message of unity and support in the face of grief would help the walkers on the night, as well as the thousands of visitors and passers by that saw it between October and December.
“There's all kinds of loss in the world and I think everyone's experienced it. You can have a breakup, your pet can die, you can experience major trauma; no one's trauma, pain or heartbreak should be overlooked."