Mixed Media Collages and Paintings

by Ann J. Calandro

Artist Statement

I create my collages on matboard or watercolor paper using various combinations of paper, colored and graphite pencil, marker, ink, soft pastel, water-soluble wax pastel, acrylic and watercolor paint, chalk, fabric, and photographs that I take. My art style is realism, more or less, but there’s something askew about it. I think of it as enchanted realism, located at the intersection of opposites and contradictions.

I've written three and illustrated four children's books, which can be purchased from Shanti Arts Publishing. I've also written short stories and poems, some of which have been published in print and online.

Although I took some art classes as a child and as an adult, I didn't receive formal training in art or go to art school, and I consider myself an "outsider artist." I've been influenced by Henri Rousseau, who set out to reproduce the world photographically and ended up creating a world of enchantment; by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Marc Chagall, and Della Wells, whose artwork is a symphony of color, symbolism, and narrative; by Alice Hoffman and Dara Horn, whose books mix realism with fables, fairy tales, and myths; and by many other artists, writers, and musicians. I often get ideas for my artwork from songs or stories, and I sometimes incorporate words and musical images into my artwork.

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