Adele Todd is a Graphic Designer, Fine Artist and Lecturer of the Visual Communications Design Associate Degree Programme at John S Donaldson Technical Institute. COSTAATT affiliate. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, BFA (Hons) 1991, Brooklyn, New York .
Statement / Adele Todd’s Art
Like the images of naked women on leaves titled " Queens of the Jungle" Adele Todd’s work begins at the human particulars of cultural encounters- a sardonic wolf-whistle from a cultural reality we are doing our best to ignore. The textures of leaves and naked bodies juxtaposed, mounted and lodged in a nexus of first world anti-values, fantasies and capitalist frenzy- the art gallery-provides a hint of an instinctive knowledge of what Deleuze and Guttari might call a consciousness emerging into multiplicity.
Adele’s work focuses on the intricate and intimate technique of embroidery, though not limited to this process. She also works with silhouetted shapes, found objects and any media suited to her subject of interest, which is predominantly pulled from current headlined events in the pages of newspapers of Trinidad and Tobago. A trained Graphic Designer, Adele graduating from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York with (BFA) honors in 1991. She is a lecturer at John S Donaldson Technical Institute ( COSTAATT) affiliate, training students to become graphic designers. She first exhibited in 1985 at the Consulate of Trinidad and Tobago in Canada with her friend and partner in design, Richard Bolai. Where she showed experimental techniques on fabric. She has shown her experimental watercolour collage technique and fresco work at 101 Art Gallery, Gallery 1,2,3,4 and through Women in Art and the Trinidad Art Society. Her first solo exhibition Hit, a Visual Documentation on domestic violence was met with critical acclaim at the National Museum when it was shown in May, 2000.
Raymond Ramcharitar- Critic / Trinidad Express May, 2001:
"Todd’s multi-media pieces are the first marks in a series of cultural inscriptions, a cartography of uncommon intensity which attempts to define an area of contention, that the antennae of the English speaking Caribbean race seem spectacularly unable to see or articulate. The necessary tools of this endeavour are wit, compassion and diffidence precisely the qualities that seem to have been leached out of Anglo Caribbean consciousness by our sun, sea and sand."