A Novel Idea

Ann Calandro


Artist’s Statement: I try to express visually what is imaginary through collages of paper, colored pencil, marker, pastel, paint, chalk, and my photographs. My artwork is generally realistic and figurative, not abstract, but there’s usually something askew about it. I call my art style enchanted realism, located at the intersection of reality, dreams, wishes, and memories.

Ann Calandro is a writer, collage artist, and classical piano student. Her poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction have been published in literary journals and her collages have been published and exhibited in juried shows. Duck Lake Books published her poetry chapbook in 2020, and Shanti Arts published three children’s books she wrote and illustrated. She received a master’s degree in English, creative thesis option, from Washington University in St Louis, where she studied with poet Donald Finkel.



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