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Todji Sculpture

Our eyes tells us that far away objects are smaller. That is how we are able to judge distance. Because of this phenomenon, sculptors throughout the ages have employed a forced perspective technique, enlarging the head, torso and shoulders of tall monuments to create the illusion of correct proportions when seen from below. Michelangelo sculpted “David” with a forced perspective, making the top of the monument proportionally bigger to great effect. In my work, I apply a signature interpretation to this age old technique, executing it with the opposite intent to create the illusion of great size by speaking a codified visual language of the window to the soul. www.todji.com
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My sculptures are created from intuition, discipline and a journey of personal evolution. My intellectual understanding of what I create, summarized below, was developed long after the execution of this work. Sculptors throughout the ages have employed a forced perspective technique, enlarging the head, torso and shoulders of monuments to create the illusion of correct proportions when seen from below. Michelangelo sculpted “David” with a forced perspective, making the top of the monument proportionally bigger to great effect. In my work, I apply a signature interpretation to this age old technique, executing it with the intent to create the illusion of immense size and weight; emphasizing spontaneous movement, as when our feet take us in the right direction to make the right action without thinking. Through discretionary use of proportions I minimize the size of the head and the role of the intellect on the road to discover our own higher purpose. Our eyes help us to estimate the size and distance of objects by making far away objects look smaller and close objects look bigger. Just as a skyscraper appears to be narrower at the top, or a parent appears to have a little head and enormous legs to a small child; my sculptures give physical form to the ocular phenomenon that happens between the eye and the brain when we view objects that are both close and far away. My contribution is to give contemporary form, as have sculptors throughout the ages, to the ancient and fundamental expression of the living object. Todji Kurtzman www.todji.com
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