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.

“The show could begin and end with Gloria Alford’s The Jaded Princess and nearly said it all. Lying in state in her Plexiglas coffin, the figure constructed of meticulously wired, jade-green computer chips and soldered lead, replete with a scalloped headdress of round chips the color of tarnished bronze, calls to mind Buddhist temple sculpture, medieval church monuments and mummies—icons of a culture’s revered elite, studied by anthropologists for insight into past practices. This too, shall pass, Alford reminds us.”

--Metro San Jose review of the Works Gallery show Technology and Art, San Jose, CA, 1995.

“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


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