Rossitza Todorova Collapses Time and Space in Intersections at Night Gallery

Categories: Visual Art

Rossitza Todorova, "Contained Path Book," paper, 2012
Local artist Rossitza Todorova says she's trying to visually collapse space and metaphorically collapse time in her work -- no small feat, to be sure. The thing is, the recent graduate actually achieves this goal with resounding success.

Todorova's solo exhibition Intersections opens this Friday at ASU's Night Gallery. There are two forms of work in the show: three-dimensional paper forms and two-dimensional works on paper. But the idea of movement within a structure remains a central theme in both mediums.

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Rossitza Todorova, "Crater Rim," Lithography, Gouache, Graphite, Pencil on paper, 22"x 22," 2013
Todorova was born in Bulgaria but has lived in the United States for the past two decades. She obtained a BFA from the University of Nevada, Reno and worked as an arts administrator for the Nevada Arts Council before moving to Arizona to pursue a Master's at ASU.

Now finishing up her degree, Todorova had her final thesis exhibition at Harry Wood a month ago and is excited about the chance to show the pieces again in a different venue for Intersections. She talks about the thought process of setting up the same work in a new venue; because the Night Gallery is in a more public space, she hopes the 3-D work will draw people in.

Seems like a good method to us. The paper structures, which are actually books that can fold up completely or unfold and twist to create different sculptural formations, are somewhat mind-boggling. Todorova says that it took a bit of engineering, but she came upon a fairly simple origami form that allows the accordion-like expansions and contractions.

"Every time I open it, it's a different composition," she says. "It plays off of the ideas of repetition in everyday life. The structure is still the same but different things can happen within that structure."

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