Ani Müller was born in Montréal, Québec. She started painting at the age of eight and she now regularly exhibits her work. Dyslexia has not kept her from pursuing her academic endeavours. She completed her CEGEP (junior college) degree in Joliette, Québec, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2003. After her graduation, she started exploring the visual aspects of her learning disabilities. She partook in many exhibits outside Canada, such as in Germany (Berlin, 2003) and in France (2004 and 2007). She also showed her work in Vancouver, British-Columbia. In 2008, the National Assembly of Québec honoured her with a medal.
Ani Müller presents reconstituted faces, built from superimposed and reversed fragments. Through the use of images of herself, of a loved one or taken from an old magazine, she intervenes by modifying their primal appearance and message. Her combination of collages, paintings and drawings brings the spectator into a trompe-l’oeil atmosphere. Broken mirrors, choppy movements and empty spaces, give her art renderings a unique look. Slurs of paint like time passing by and slipping through our fingers; dripping techniques as paint is exploding on a canvas remembering moments gone, lived and to be; lost sections in the artwork referring to the memory blanks, black holes of the mind, impossible to fill, repetitions and ramblings, and incomprehension of the world we live in, encounters lost or missed…
Her work denounces society’s standards, the image of perfection and judgements based on personal performance. Through her paintings, Ani Müller talks of her mistakes, criticizes what she and others have lived. She tells stories and anecdotes. She explains how a negative event can be used and transformed to become useful and positive. Her work is not perfect; the viewer is taken aback by distorted images. She denounces those moments where human beings feel less than perfect, helpless and sometimes overwhelmed, in a society that is so undeserving.