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Tadja Dragoo
updated: 04/16/2008
website: www.myspace.com/gorgonbunny
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Neural Communication Tower
Neural Communication Tower (Detail)
Rook's Castle
Rook's Castle (Detail)
The Boat
The Boat (Detail)
The Great Tree
The Great Tree (Detail)
Beanstalk
Ode to Ned Lud
Ode to Ned Lud (Detail)
Gallery wall view of 6 drawings
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  urban, architecture, dreams, narrative, social criticism, technology, obsessive, science, fantasy, nature, surreal, biomorphic
 
 
Neural Communication Tower by Tadja Dragoo
Neural Communication Tower
graphite and ink on paper
2008
82" x  33" 
Neural Communication Tower (Detail) by Tadja Dragoo
Neural Communication Tower (Detail)
graphite and ink on paper
2008
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Rook's Castle by Tadja Dragoo
Rook's Castle
graphite and ink on paper
2007
82" x  36" 
Rook's Castle (Detail) by Tadja Dragoo
Rook's Castle (Detail)
graphite and ink on paper
2007
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The Boat by Tadja Dragoo
The Boat
Graphite on paper
2006
80" x  36" 
The Boat (Detail) by Tadja Dragoo
The Boat (Detail)
Graphite on paper
2006
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The Great Tree by Tadja Dragoo
The Great Tree
graphite and ink on paper
2007
89" x  25" 
The Great Tree (Detail) by Tadja Dragoo
The Great Tree (Detail)
graphite and ink on paper
2007
89" x  25" 
Beanstalk by Tadja Dragoo
Beanstalk
graphite and ink on paper
2007
89" x  25" 
Ode to Ned Lud by Tadja Dragoo
Ode to Ned Lud
graphite and ink on paper
2008
72" x  51" 
Ode to Ned Lud (Detail) by Tadja Dragoo
Ode to Ned Lud (Detail)
graphite and ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
Gallery wall view of 6 drawings by Tadja Dragoo
Gallery wall view of 6 drawings
all are graphite and ink on paper
2008
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Artist Statement
      I begin with a pencil line, a sweeping movement to direct the flow of  the drawing. I add many more sketchy lines, letting lines react and connect to one another in a chaotic way, out of the primal mind. Once I have sketched the most basic shapes, I let the rational mind enter into the process, and make decisions on what lines to keep and what lines to erase. The third part of the process involves reflection on the subject or theme, and coaxing connate features out of the capricious lines. I use reoccurring features: tree branches, claws, ramshackle houses, machinery stacked into the structure of a tower, merging these features together. The resulting drawing is an aggregation of all these elements amassed and assembled together. The drawing exerts an energy, seducing the viewer in, encouraging the viewer to enter the world it evokes.
    Fangs and claws reflect our primordial fears, an instinctual eat-or-be eaten mentality. Spirals symbolize futility, that there is no ultimate reason of our existence.  Mechanical objects represent a fear of technology, eminent discoveries, and having no control over them, “atomic monsters” in a sense. Arboreal elements reflect a natural chaos, which is neither completely random, nor tightly designed.  Large towers, industrial or castle types, at or near the top of the drawing, are symbols of enormous power that maps out and directs our lives. Ramshackle shacks squashed beneath larger structures represent the individual who feels downtrodden and ignored. Tiny houselets huddled together under branches or any nook that seems safe symbolize a non-future, a place where all things are temporary and one never knows when he/she/they will be uprooted.  Large industrial machinery, smokestacks and boats symbolize the present, yet archaic, state of worldly affairs, an unchangeable force of outdated protocol. Tiny sprigs reaching out into the yet unknown are symbols of a new discoveries.
                                                       

Artist Bio / CV
Tadja Dragoo
Curriculum Vitae

Solo Shows

April 2007 4:20 Drawing Show, Big Bend Contemporary. Tallahassee

Gallery Shows

April 2008 MFA Graduating Artists, MoFA, Tallahassee

Nov 2007 Something Must Break, Big Bend Contemporary

Jan 2007 First annual Drawing Show, Big Bend Contemporary

Nov 2006 Seconds, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee

May 2006 Mayday, NanBoynton Memorial Gallery, Tallahassee

Feb 2006 Fresh!, Oglesby Gallery, Tallahassee

Nov 2005 MFA Fall 2005 Group Exhibition, Red Door Gallery, Tallahassee

    Non-Gallery Venues

2005 Off The Wall Gallery, San Diego

2004 Victor’s by the Bay, San Diego

2003 Living Room, San Diego


Education

BA, San Diego State University 2003

MFA, Florida State University 2008