"As one who is self-taught, I am not aware of what is "right" or "wrong" when it comes to technique, so in this regard I feel liberated. I plan nothing in advance and am free to experiment freely, watching in fascination as an artwork evolves spontaneously and organically. I never know in advance what I will do next once a work is finished, after about 40 years I finally feel confident enough to call myself an artist."
From 1981-1983 Todd lived in Moscow, USSR, during which time he befriended a group of influential artists like Collective Actions, Mukhomory (Toadstools) and others, working at the edges and beneath the surface of official Soviet art. Besides participating in a number of their happenings, Todd also served as a conduit for sending out photographs, manifestos and other written materials by these artists, as well as a number of canvases including Erik Bulatov's painting OPASNO (Danger), highly sought by Norton Dodge for his collection of nonconformist modern Russian art conceived and executed during the Soviet period. This painting is now among the works permanently held by Rutgers University as the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. A history of this period is being published by New Literary Horizon Publishing House (in Russian) and includes 15 of Todd's letters to Igor' Shelkovskii, editor and publisher of A-YA, the journal of unofficial Russian Art, based outside Paris.