Gloria Graham is a New Mexico-based artist whose work is inspired by science, patterns of nature, time and social justice issues. Her many series include the drawings Molecules on Paper; the Gandhi Project, featuring photographs of the covers of six volumes of writings by Mahatma Gandhi printed on hand-woven cotton; and Simultaneity of Time, graphite drawings in circular patterns recording the artist’s breath. Graham’s drawings and paintings are often based on the molecular structure of crystals and minerals. Like scientific portraits, Graham has used the likes of iron, garnet, beryl, and salt, as well as nickel, as her subjects. In her Molecules on Paper series, graphite markings are made on thin layers of paper and then stacked on top of one another, once combined revealing a pattern of shared mineral makeup. Graham also works in photography, painting and sculpture.
Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1940, Graham received her BFA from Baylor University and studied painting in Paris. Her work is represented in numerous public collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe.