"Ragir's subject and approach are grounded in both a feminist sensibility and an exploration of self." -Ellen B. Culter, "Figures From the Earth: Ceramic Sculpture," Fall 2010, Sculpture Review Magazine
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 the breadth of the beauty of women, which is limitless.
I sculpt from life - sometimes deconstructing the body to go beyond the limitations of figure-as-nude.
My ongoing work is about love, vulnerability, self-revelation, and self-acceptance.
About the Artist
Tanya received a B.A. in sculpture and dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976. Her work has received numerous awards, has been featured in film and television productions and is represented internationally in private collections. Museum and public collections featuring her work include Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA; Total Art Museum, Seoul, Korea; Rose Museum at Brandeis University; Cultural Philosophic Center, Stockholm; and Columbia College Museum, Chicago, among others. In the past she has installed a site-specific pieces for the City of Brea's (CA) "Walden Estates," "Artisan Walk," and "Colonial Walk." Her most recent projects include "Lifesize Pieces of Women I Love," and "Women In the 21st Century," for which her sculpture "Sacred Geometry" was the centerpiece of the show.
Articles and reviews of her work may be found in Sculpture Review, American Art Collector, ArtScene, The Los Angeles Times, Sculpture and Smithsonian Magazine.