Lest there be confusion about the usage of the word “avatar” in an internet-happy era of sci-fi movies and video games, Oxford Dictionaries defines
it as a Hindu term meaning “a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher; an incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea.” So, the characterization of the artist as an avatar functions on multiple levels. Graham was an avid student of mysticism, and, in his large body of work, manifested a host of unorthodox ideas. Among the various influences and movements associated with his work were Freudian and Jungian psychology,
, tribal art, and exotic alphabets, to name but a few.