Collage, Photography, Writing

by Ann J. Calandro

Artist Statement

My collages are made of paper, colored pencil, marker, ink, pastel, paint, chalk, fabric, and photographs that I take and sometimes manipulate digitally. I create these collages on matboard and, sometimes, on reclaimed furniture. My art style is realism, more or less, but there’s something askew about it. I think of it as enchanted realism, the intersection between the real and the imaginary, the possible and the impossible, and memories and dreams.

I've written three and illustrated four children's books, which can be purchased from  Shanti Arts Publishing and on Amazon. I've also written short stories and poems, some of which have been published in literary journals, newspapers, and anthologies.

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, especially those--like Patti Smith--who are talented in two or more creative areas. I often get ideas for my artwork from songs or stories, and I like to incorporate words and musical images into my artwork.

Please note that artwork in the Gallery can only be viewed on a laptop or desktop computer, not a mobile device.