Mixed Media Collage

by Ann J. Calandro

Artist Statement

My collages are created on matboard of paper, colored pencil, marker, ink, pastel, 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 and locate it at the intersection of the real and the imaginary, the possible and the impossible, childhood and adulthood, and the past and the present.

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 therefore 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, 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 sometimes incorporate words and musical images into my artwork.

Please note that on this site, artwork in the Gallery can only be viewed on a laptop or desktop computer, not a mobile device. Samples of my work on Fine Art America can be viewed on mobile devices.