Maplewood-based artist Aida Jones finds inspiration in the outside world — the aching elegance of an abandoned building chipped and rusted, the cracks, crevices and weathered marks that time leaves behind. We are surrounded by artificial ‘perfection’ in the sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture we live in. The rough textures and dark earthy palette of her work creates a path away from the shiny, the flawless, the manufactured to find beauty in the imperfect textures of decay. As Leonard Cohen said, “Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything — that's how the light gets in.”
Her abstract works are built using acrylic, oil, fiber, plaster and gold leaf and are focused on the cycles of decay and renewal, deconstruction and reconstruction.
For Aida, the most satisfying part of abstract art is that everyone sees the same things differently. The viewer can experience the piece and decide how it makes them feel or what it makes them think about. It gives them the freedom to explore their own imagination and interpretation. Her hope is that you enter the painting and go where it wants to take you.