Gloria K. Alford
« I’ve been actively engaged in working in several art mediums over the last 25 years. Using acrylics, I am currently painting on paper and canvas.
I spent the 1980s working with hand-made paper to produce pulp paintings and sculptural pieces. I also explored different mono-print techniques.
In the 1970s I devoted myself to screen printing, vacuum forming plastic into molds, and an early form of computer graphics, all of which were combined into mixed media multiples. The latter part of the decade I got « off the wall » and completed two major pieces, Solar Sound Sculpture and The Jaded Princess, a replica of an ancient Chinese jade burial suit. »
I wanted to be an artist — 21 seconds —
The Nuclear Family — 1 minute 1 second —
Painting is a meditation — 1 minute 4 seconds —
The Lady and the Lion — 49 seconds —
Reviews and Comments
“Mirroring the famous burial suit of the Chinese princess Tou Wan, constructed of pieces of jade which, like a great cathedral, took a generation to carve, Gloria Alford suits her princess out in a stunning coat of computer chips. Using lifeless chips, she brings face and body alive in serene beauty. With the electricity of creation, she resurrects the princess for our time. Inspired by the second-century B.C.E. jade suit, she transforms a Chinese tradition into an original and imaginative work of modern art.”
—Sarah Handler, author of Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture.
“A lot of excitement left the Museum when we returned your exhibition. I really hated to see it leave. The show was one of the very few “modern” shows we’ve had that was as popular with the conservatives as it was with the more avant-garde enthusiasts. All comments were favorable as is evidenced in your guest book.
The Jaded Princess was, of course, the most impressive and most discussed piece but visitors spent a great deal of time looking at everything [else you contributed] and reading all of the titles and captions for all of the pieces, especially the obelisk. The sounds were intriguing and several people spent long periods of time with it.
…I hope all future places your work appears creates as much interest and pleasure as it did here.”
—June Braucht, Director, Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA.
“…Tromp lei… breathtaking impact… immediately sets tone for gallery…”
—Paul Figueroa, Executive Director, Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA re: Ying: Inspired by the Art and History of China, 2008
Born and raised in Chicago, Gloria attended the Art Institute in Chicago and graduated from UC Berkeley, where she got a degree in social sciences.
On the occasion of her major Retrospective (40-Year Evolution of a Mixed Media Artist) at the Felix Kulpa Gallery in 2011, critic Maureen Davidson wrote, « In the 1950s, Gloria worked as a kindergarten teacher to put her husband through his Ph.D. program, then, with children in school and husband’s career launched, she took up again what she had begun as a youth at the Chicago Art Institute, re-entering the world of art via the acceptable milieu of sewing, fabric printing and design. With an innate intelligence and awareness of the turmoil of the 1960s, Alford did not fail to notice the growing influence of the computer in every sector of society. Compelled to make art that commented on the changing world around her, she increased her vocabulary, learned to vacuum-cast plastics and paper and investigated the language of computer code. »
A resident of Santa Cruz, CA, for 40 years, she’s had one-person shows nationally and internationally, exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer in New York, New York Cultural Center and her work is included in permanent public collections–Time-Life Corporation, New York; Elvehjem Art Center, University of Wisconsin; Prudential Insurance Company and elsewhere. She is perhaps best known for The Jaded Princess, a life-size replica of the Chinese jade burial suit of Princess Tou Wan, Han Dynasty.
Gloria’s studio is open the year-round by appointment.
Please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Snail Mail Address:
435 Meder St.
Santa Cruz, CA 96060 – map