Caris Reid’s (b. 1983, Washington, D.C.) work deploys symbolism and pattern to explore femininity throughout history and across cultures. The female figures directly meet the eye of the viewer and impress with the strength of their pose. These female archetypes are covered with iconography such as cats, flowers, eyes, peace signs, yin yangs, birds. Reid extensively researches symbols from ancient history through the contemporary emoticon. You can see how she translated her style into a coloring book page in Between the Lines: An RxART Coloring Book by Contemporary Artists – Volume 9.
Reid has shown her paintings in two person exhibitions with artist Amanda Valdez at Denny Gallery, New York and Cicuit12 Gallery, Dallas, as well as a solo exhibition at Dossier Outpost, New York. Her group exhibitions include Longhouse Projects. New York, SEASON, Seattle, The New Museum, New York, and the National Arts Club, New York. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Vouge Japan, W Magazine and The New York Times.