Carly Ries is a lens-based artist working across the medium of photography and visual histories. In 2015, she received an MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; EXPO Chicago; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, among others. She has been a visiting artist at Bowdoin College, Filter Photo Festival, and an artist-in-residence at the Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janeiro. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Seeking to disrupt the conventions of the female nude and the so-called “still” life, I rearrange, overlay, and combine original and found images, often manipulated in camera or digitally to emphasize textures, contours, and relationships that are often hidden or overlooked. My practice deals with questions of subjectivity and empathy through the careful, sustained observation of bodies both human and botanical. I contemplate the way women's bodies are depicted, and play with expectations of pleasure. I want to show a body which turns away, a body shuttering in and out of visibility, a body that can't be held in a single gaze.