Mar 29, 2018
This week I'm chatting with uber talented and successful artist, Caris Reid (she's my favorite artist!). Caris paints women in poses of disquieting power. Her female figures often make eye contact with the viewer, and there is confidence, directness — even confrontation — in this gaze. The figures are surrounded by and overlaid with an array of repeating symbols that further reinforce their strength. It's POWERFUL. Her work hits viewers on both a conscious and subconscious level and the inclusion of symbols and sigils, both common and esoteric, adds layers of meaning and mystery to the work. Caris is interested in creating images of women whose power is communicated through a body language and symbology that connotes their emotional and spiritual depth. Her work aims to make visible the internal worlds of the female figures she depicts.
In this episode we talk about what it's like to be an artist-entrepreneur, the feminine archetypes in her paintings, the practicality of buying art, being a woman in the male-dominated art world, the meditative aspects behind her painting practice and giving one's self permission to do art and fully expressing yourself however you choose. It's a delicious convo you don't want to miss.
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“Grace and Grit” mural in Downtown L.A. On W. 6th between Hope and Flower Street
Photo of Caris by Graham Walzer