Tod Pardon’s jewelry reflects the myriad intellectual and visual influences on the artist of the twenty-first century. His anthropomorphic brooches and sculpture are strongly influenced by African sculpture, imagery and color; by contemporary pop culture, as well as video and computer graphics; and by the more traditional influences of modernism and Surrealism.
Tod’s brooches are fabricated in sterling silver and then inlaid with a variety of materials, including glass resin, exotic woods and gemstones. A wooden stand accompanies each brooch so that it may function as a sculpture in-situ when not being worn. Each one is individually numbered and titled. Pardon is also an accomplished video artist; his most recent work, a 12-minute video titled “Phren” was created for the 2007 exhibition “Process: Documented”. It uses more than 1200 images to touch on Pardon’s creative process as artist and metalsmith.
Tod Pardon received a B.F.A. from Alfred University and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. His work is in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.); the Arkansas Art Center Decorative Arts Museum (Little Rock), the Newark Museum, the Racine Art Museum and the American Craft Museum (New York), among others.