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.


Carly Ries (b. 1987, Baltimore, MD) received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo and group exhibitions include shows at ZH Projects in Brooklyn, NY, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; EXPO Chicago; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, among others. She has lectured at Pratt, Bowdoin College, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Northern Illinois University. In 2015, she was an artist-in-residence at the Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janeiro. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.