Alida paints her gestural symbols in rich sumi ink onto Japanese Kozo paper- made from the inner bark of mulberry trees- before ripping the work and constructing her draped sculptures from the strips. Highly tactile and enigmatic, Alida's work recalls religious scrolls, the soft folds of handwritten letters and worn bindings of ancient books. She is interested in the relationships between cultural and historical heritage and methods of communication and mark making. Her work represents the objecthood of records of communication - the transformation of human thought and connection into artefact.
Alida holds an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is included in The Anthony Shaw Collection at York Art Gallery, UK and The Letterform Archive, San Francisco, USA. She has exhibited extensively across the UK and has received public art commissions from the HERILIGION Project at University of East Anglia (2019) and The National Trust and Norwich Contemporary Art Society (2017). Her work was included in the touring exhibition Stereo Type, which showed at the Boston Association of Architects, BSA Space; Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida; Parsons The New School, New York; and De Pauw University, Greencastle, Indiana (2014-16).