TANYA RAGIR’S work speaks in the language of the feminine. Her most recent work - The Warrior Series, centers around states of being; facing internal/external barriers – struggle and loss – risk and trust. Parallel bodies of work, which explore interiors of form, deconstruct the body to go beyond the limitations of figure-as-nude. By framing details of the figure, as if through a lens, then shifting the scale, one can have both a more intimate relationship to the form and separation from it’s human reference. Her art reveals the very process by which the authentic expression of the feminine is centered between opposites, particularly in the historically contentious arena of sensuality versus power. Tanya sculpts in clay. Pieces are fired or cast in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and polyester resin. Sizes range from inches to monumental. The work is produced in either limited editions of nine, or as unique pieces. Tanya was born in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976 with a BA in Art and Dance. Public reviews and media include: Mannequin (feature film); Emmy-awarded “Two on the Town” magazine-style TV show; CBS Network’s “Dan Rather”; Sculpture Review magazine; and Smithsonian Magazine. Her work has received numerous awards and has been featured in film and television productions and museums. Her collections and public commissions include: “Artisan Walk”, City of Brea, CA; Rose Museum at Brandeis University; Columbia College of Dance; Total Art Museum, Seoul, Korea; Cultural Philosophic Center, Stockholm, Sweden; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; Cerro Coso College and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Tanya's ArtPrize Entries
These are Tanya's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Tanya's Past Work
These are images of past work that Tanya has done.