Image: “Paper Bridge,” mixed media collage, 24 x 36 in., 2019
Mixed Media Collage
Ann Calandro is a medical editor, mixed media collage artist, and classical piano student. Some of her poems, short stories, and artwork have been published and exhibited. She has 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. Her mixed media collage style is realism, more or less, but there’s something askew about it. She thinks of it as enchanted realism, the intersection between the real and the imaginary, the possible and the impossible, and memories and dreams.
“Breaking the Spell,” mixed media collage, 22 x 28 in., 2011
“The Cubicle,” mixed media collage, 24 x 36 in., 2015
“Desire Lines,” mixed media collage, 24 x 36 in., 2014
“The Family Room,” mixed media collage, 22 x 28 in., 2009
“Heart of a City Planner,” mixed media collage, 12 x 18 in., 2012