"Everything about Toddson’s one-of-a-kind pieces––from the process of creation to the finished product–– is intimately connected with the artist’s fascination with the different layers that make up a person’s life. Each of us is a sum total of our experiences, both good and bad: amazing moments, extreme sadness and heartbreak, insecurities, first kisses, the tears that we’ve shed. These events become our individual life stories: singular, beautiful and sometimes gut-wrenching, but always uniquely “us”. We may not be able to see those delicate intangibles of our personal stories, but they are nevertheless real.
It is the concept of the “story” that draws Toddson to creating art from books and reclaimed nostalgia. Not only is there a narrative to the book itself, but there is also a story of the person who may have owned it. He integrates reclaimed and vintage fabrics, photos, notes and other irreplaceable items to evoke an emotional connection between the observer and these precious elements to create a work of art that paints a new story.
“Working in mixed media allows me to savor the ‘mess’, and I thoroughly enjoy the process from start to finish. I love the smell of old paper and books. I love scouring forgotten basements in antique book stores, finding unexpected treasures, then giving them new life. The unique resins I use to finish each work ‘freeze’ the elements I have brought together and suspend them in time forever, thereby making one beautiful piece out of many––not unlike how we create our own lives.”"