Animals Ask People: Caris Reid


Caris Reid

I first met Caris a little more than a year ago at the Richardson, where we quickly delved into an intense conversation about all things occult over tequila cocktails. I was pleased to later find that the mystery that infused our conversation was but a tip of the iceberg that makes Caris Reid a fascinating artist worth discovering. Not only does her artwork pull you into an enigmatic world of wide-eyed subjects and theatrical gestures, but she opens up her world to anyone willing to leap in at her monthly collage classes which she leads at Isa and the Oracle Club in New York. But enough of my thoughts, for this installment of Animals Ask People, I give you the mysteriously lovely Caris Reid.

What can you tell us about yourself?
I’m an artist, I paint and make collages. I also host a collage night with all vintage material, once a month at ISA and the The Oracle Club.

What do you like most about your neighborhood?
I live in East Williamsburg, at the edge of Greenpoint, which is close to my studio.  It feels like such a luxury to walk to work every day. I love all my Italian neighbors.  The older guy who slowly walks our street every night with his cane, the woman who sits shyly behind her roses on Frost street, almost undetectable to people passing by.

What’s your favorite spot to eat in your hood?

Selamat Pagi on Driggs for dinner, and Salties for lunch!

Read anything good lately?
Just finished The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kuchner,  which unfolds in the 1970s NY art scene… She really captures that feeling of first moving to NY-mattress on the floor, no AC and endless ambition.

Adult beverage of choice?
Anything with tequila in it…

If you could force someone to watch one movie, what would it be?
Everyone should watch the documentary Paris is burning about drag ball in the 90’s. One of my favorites.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Because the Night” by Patti Smith!

Are you a creator or a critic?
A creator. I have little patience for the culture of criticism we’ve created. I’m interested in the Doers.  The people actively improving the existing model, or creating a new one.

Is there a woman out there who inspires you?
There are many, but Joan Didion is one of my favorites. Last week I was reading an interview she did with the Paris Review, and she said  “Nobody wants to hear about someone else’s dream, good or bad; nobody wants to walk around with it.  The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.” Which is something Joan does so effortlessly, she makes us care about her dreams,deeply care, as though they were our own.

Get pulled into Caris’ dream world, or enter one of your own at the next installment of Collage Night with Caris at Isa in Williamsburg tomorrow night, August 7th from 8-10pm. Pick up your tickets here, and send us pics of your work later!

Isa Collage Night with Caris Reid August 7th 2013