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Exhibitions/Events Current Project: Abstract Primitive Expressionism

As the elemental dimension of symbolic culture progresses, so does, by equal steps, alienation from the natural. Symbols are essential for the development and maintenance of social order. From symbols come language... from language comes number...from number comes time and order and systematic control. That is the reason why I stay away from symbols. I paint from a transcendental view that is devoid of time and cultural significance and paint as a part of nature as opposed to separate from it. In my work, everyone, regardlesArtist_Abby_Jones.jpgs of race/sex/religion can find a respite from our everyday modern/industrialized/technologically advanced society.

There is a desire in modern culture to return to a more primitive and simple way of life. I seek to examine this desire in all its facets through my artworks. By avoiding symbol I am able to focus on the basic elements that make up the structure and form of nature such as line, shape, color, and texture. I dissect the elements of structure and seek the energy that is within all things. In this way, by viewing a piece of art, one can feel the beauty of nature that resides in its simplicity.

Galleries/Agents The Paul Engle Center for Arts
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Email Address abbyjonesart[AT]
EducationB.A. Literature from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon Iowa 52314
Date of birth 10.03.1977
Why make art? As an abstract expressionist painter, I am fascinated with the basic scientific principle that energy is neither created nor destroyed. Energy changes form from potential energy to kinetic energy and back. I explore the threshold of change; when potential energy becomes kinetic energy. That energy exists in the creative process of art making as well as life. That tension that makes us hold our breaths in anticipation and the release into eventual movement is the potential and kinetic energy we encounter in everyday life.
My works strive to capture these forms of energy that exist in all of us. I use multi-media including mirror, wood, metal, stained glass, and paper on top of silky oils to achieve a sense of texture and contrast that creates tension. I also use shapes, lines, and color vigorously applied to achieve a sense of movement and fluidity. I also employ transcendental meditation in my process. If the potential energy of my idea can move someone to feel an emotion then that is the kinetic energy of life derived from art. If a work can convey that sense of energy to the observer then the piece has done its job.