About the XhyraGraf


Xhyra Graf is the nom de souris of Tonietta A. Walters with a life of her own.  An artist and philosopher, she was born in the MMORPG of Second Life.  After the rapid, though thoroughly considered, development into the being she is now, she basically putters around going places, meeting people, doing things.  She takes photographs that chronicle her experiences, makes the occasional never to be seen in real life sculptures and rather disjointedly tries to maintain her Second Life studio, office and gallery space.

Xhyra Graf is what I call POP3D-a point of presence in 3D of my being in its freest form so far.  In this 3D virtual reality, I exercise my freedom of choice in everything from the physical representations of myself – the color of my skin and the shape of my body to social representations of myself – the way I dress, the kind of environment I live in and the freedom to associate [or not] with anyone I please.  This allows for a controlled investigation of the interactions within my consciousness across all possible realities.

The artwork produced, as in real life, remains process based; making it perfectly acceptable that some pieces never make it to the typically tangible format – only exhibited in the virtual environment of the “second life” experience.  The digital photographs, manipulations and compilations of candid or concocted moments are other layers in the process of self-extension in the attempt to reproduce and fully realize the minutiae of conscious experience.

Per Roy Ascott, British artist and theorist “Second Life is the rehearsal room for a future in which we endlessly create and distribute our many selves.”  The XhyraGraf, as a cyber-presence, attempts to answer in her way the same question any “real” person asks at some point – “Who am I?”

Xhyra Graf is currently a selected artist for the Universal Human Rights Arts Collection of the American Museum of Creole Cultures.


Update: Xhyra Graf is now the Director of the NoumenArt Center for Applied Aesthetics [NCAA], the research division for The Arts Office Net Inc [TAONet]. NCAA has been moved from Second Life and is being developed on a stand-alone minigrid in OpenSim. NCAA will re-open the virtual campus with studios and exhibition spaces for TAONet artists in late 2011. Plans include added regions for the Labyrinth Path & Sculpture Gardens, the Nondual Cosmoscope and Transhumanist Arts Research.


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  2. This is a profoundly ambitious site. Worthy of deep admiration. I found your June 07 post on Kant disturbing in its orientation. Yet I cannot help but admire your approach. Keep up the ambition. It’s worthy of formidable respect.

    • Dear William,

      I have and do sometimes struggle with the path I seem to be on. I have no wish to become Eastern in my thinking if that is what you find disturbing. Although there is a belief in ‘The Real’ there is also faith founded on moments having much to do with that self-same post and the continued hope that one can never truly be lost. In truth, of late, I feel that I am finally working properly with what I have been given.

      Ambition may not be the right word. Again, of late, I like to think it is submission.

      I appreciate your comment.

  3. Your clarifying response to my comment speaks volumes to moral and spiritual themes of human freedom; its gift, its demands and ultimately the sublime treason of betrayal in succumbing to the mundane.
    In your desire ‘not to be lost’ I ask that you kindly read my home page ‘ABOUT’, for it fortifies the belief that any earnest especially proleptic earnests both solidify identity and provide repose.
    I have a mother who is currently dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease; its providing me with a long lost opportunity to appreciate the ancient synoptic view between the vocation of the artist and healing.

  4. I found something especially for you. Toni Morrison’s Commencement Address in 2004, when you get time, check it out.

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