Chris Todd (b. 1975, Portsmouth, N.H.) had a recent two-person show at The Gallery at Luckie Street in Atlanta, Ga. Since 2005, her work has been shown in galleries and museums in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. Todd earned her undergraduate degree in theatre design and technology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1998 and worked as a theatrical properties master artisan before pursuing a 2007 MFA in woodworking and furniture design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth. She lives in Conway, where she teaches sculpture and 3-D design at Coastal Carolina University.
Statement of support:
Chris Todd triggers new awareness of a generally invisible object, the mundane and ubiquitous chair, through scale alternations, serious shape distortions and innovative combinations of traditional materials and processes. Here the chair unexpectedly becomes a metaphorical vehicle for the human experience and form, combining emotional nuance with whimsy. Todd’s work successfully combines contemporary sculptural interests with subtle psychological messages without surrendering a love for traditional materials or the excellent craftsmanship associated with the functional arts. Presenting a delightful blend of craft and sculpture, her work celebrates the production process and materials of furniture art.
Elizabeth Keller, Coastal Carolina University, Conway