Tanya Ragir

fellow member

My life and my work are about overcoming limitations. Some are cultural, some political, some sexual – many are self-imposed. I embrace the gravitas, the depth and breadth of the beauty of women, which is limitless. Growing up a dancer, and being a woman, informs everything I do as a sculptor. Movement and form is my language and vocabulary. The loss of my father recently had a profound effect on me and on my work. I am aware of my own mortality in a way I have never been before. This catalyzed my current work, The Warrior Series, which centers around states of being – facing internal/external barriers, struggle and loss. In the figurative realm, George Segal, Manuel Neri and Stephen De Staebler had an enormous impact on my development as a young California figurative artist. Parallel bodies of work, which explore interiors of form, were deeply influenced by Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Weston. In this work I deconstruct the body to go beyond the limitations of figure-as-nude. Much of the work is inspired by the sensual relationship between landforms and human forms. By framing details of the figure, as if through a lens, then changing the scale, one can have both a more intimate relationship to the form and separation from its human reference. Although these bodies of work may seem unrelated, they enable different aspects of who I am as an artist and a woman. One is deeply personal and narrative, and the other reflects a pure love of form. Both are centered around the feminine experience. I sculpt in clay. Pieces are fired or cast in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and polyester resin. Sizes rang from inches to monumental. The work is produced in either limited editions of nine, or as unique pieces.

fellow member

Tanya Ragir

My life and my work are about overcoming limitations. Some are cultural, some political, some sexual – many are self-imposed. I embrace the gravitas, the depth and breadth of the beauty of women, which is limitless. Growing up a dancer, and being a woman, informs everything I do as a sculptor. Movement and form is my language and vocabulary. The loss of my father recently had a profound effect on me and on my work. I am aware of my own mortality in a way I have never been before. This catalyzed my current work, The Warrior Series, which centers around states of being – facing internal/external barriers, struggle and loss. In the figurative realm, George Segal, Manuel Neri and Stephen De Staebler had an enormous impact on my development as a young California figurative artist. Parallel bodies of work, which explore interiors of form, were deeply influenced by Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Weston. In this work I deconstruct the body to go beyond the limitations of figure-as-nude. Much of the work is inspired by the sensual relationship between landforms and human forms. By framing details of the figure, as if through a lens, then changing the scale, one can have both a more intimate relationship to the form and separation from its human reference. Although these bodies of work may seem unrelated, they enable different aspects of who I am as an artist and a woman. One is deeply personal and narrative, and the other reflects a pure love of form. Both are centered around the feminine experience. I sculpt in clay. Pieces are fired or cast in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and polyester resin. Sizes rang from inches to monumental. The work is produced in either limited editions of nine, or as unique pieces.