Carly Ries‘ photographs from ‘Nervous Splendor’ are a series of quiet pictures that reflect on the human condition, are meditative still life’s and portraits that ask us to stop and take cognisance of the smallest moments that pass through our lives.
Texture takes centre stage in Ries’ pictures; wet sand on the skin, goose bumps on flesh, sunlight on a fern, a fleeting shadow across a face, all given substance through the ephemeral qualities of light and air, her ability to capture colour bringing the pictures to life, the simplicity of each image dancing and breathing a narrative into a still object of fascination. What Ries does so well in her photographs is engender a sense of the individual in each image whether it be an orange in a glass or a fern in a bush, she leaves us with the impression that everything is important, that all aspects deserve attention, that if we are to understand the complexity of our existence then we must look carefully, study hard and appreciate all moments, all things. The wonderful complex texture and tapestry that makes up the story of our life,
Currently studying for her MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Ries is only at the beginning of her artistic journey yet has already managed to create a series of works that are both reflective, complex and beautiful. Her exploration of form and colour giving her the tools to mine the fundamentals of the human condition and alert us to the beauty in the ordinary. The everyday.