Andrée Christensen is a poet, novelist, literary translator, visual artist and gardener. In collaboration with internationally renowned artists from Ontario and Québec—Jennifer Dickson, Tony Urquhart, Roland Giguere, Pavel Skalnik, Huguette Bouchard-Bonet and Christine Palmieri—she has produced five artist books combining her poetry and their visual works. Her own photographs and collages are often included in her published books of poetry. She has written more than twenty works of poetry, novels, stories and literary translations, which have received numerous awards and distinctions. Most recently, she was honoured with the Prix du livre d’Ottawa award for French fiction.
“The very process of collage, which liberates images from their context, empties them of their initial meaning, invites both the artist and the observer to listen to the irrational aspect of their being and, depending on personal perceptions, to create new associations that reflect private emotions. Collages invite us to create new stories and to make our own poetic and dreamlike associations. Each observer thus becomes the author of his or her own creation.”