Todd Christensen artist statement:
Overall, my work is autobiographical in nature and explores my perspective on life and world events: personal, social, political, visual, moral, etc. Much of the work involves social observation and more specifically observations of people within social contexts. I explore the tension, communication, or lack of communication taking place. Social anxieties play a large role in the underlying themes. I try to capture the sense of being overwhelmed by external forces, images, and ideas.
I find it important to break up these ideas with images of small, ordinary, or even random objects: a drawing of a pronghorn antelope, a paper bag, an abandoned shoe, a telephone.
Other ideas and sub-themes within the work include: written journal like entries, remembered stories from childhood, nostalgia for a past that doesn’t exist, obsessive compulsive tendencies, collecting and hoarding as a means of psychological longing, hermetic and coded connections, charts and diagrams, family, education, political events, and humor. At the moment I could go for a nice, juicy pork-chop.