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Having experienced another year in a semi-isolated pandemic situation, the need for self-care, alone time, and personal reflection grew deeper for the artist. Being a mother of two young children faced with the challenges and rigor of working, motherhood, domestic responsibilities, an overwhelming “mental load” in an ongoing pandemic with limited support, while also pursuing artistic goals; drove a yearning to insert herself into her own artistic world in subtle ways. Feelings of overwhelm, identity loss, and a need for escape, begin to push into the nature scenes. Her own shadow began to cast itself into the scenes asking to be seen, to gain space in her own world. Her feet step or run into the picture plane, inviting the viewer to see through her eyes; revealing glimpses into the experience of no longer existing as an individual, with the exception of fleeting, stolen moments in time.

These works explore rare and fugitive moments of independence, as well as boundary blurring attachments with people, places, and things dependent on the care and attention of the mother. There is a sense of humor, bittersweetness, absurdity, and irony in the chosen scenes, coupled with a hidden longing and loss of self often unexpressed by many mothers due to social pressures and expectations surrounding motherhood. 

Physically, the work still incorporates relief texture and a strong emphasis on surfaces, as well as a growing interest in pattern and materials often associated with domesticity, craft, the “feminine,” and children; such as textiles/fabrics, brightly colored plastics, bubbly, fuzzy, and plush objects. For this series she consistently works on small wood panels for the intimacy and fine detail that can be appreciated with close contact and attentiveness at this scale, and the rigid surface provides a strong support for the textural treatments and sculptural elements applied. 


Carla E. Reyes was selected for the Kolaj Institute’s Poetry and Collage (virtual) Residency during March of 2022! This was her second residency exploring the medium of collage, the first being @alterworkstudios in 2020, with her Time-In altered book, pandemic visual journal.

This project-driven residency was open to artists and poets. Participants worked together to investigate the intersection of collage and poetry by exploring concepts of found poetry, blackout poetry, collage poems, haikus, centos, response collages, response poems, word scrambles, concrete poetry, scatter collage poems, and other poems and artwork that inhabit this world. Guest speakers shared their practice, knowledge and experience. Individual participants each created 3-5 page spreads that were included in a two volume publication of collage and poetry from Kolaj Institute.

Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. Check out the link to learn more about the magazine and programs: @kolajmagazine

Children in the Garden, mixed-media collage poem on panel, 9x12in, 2022, Carla E. Reyes

An artist in semi-quarantine with her family during a global pandemic…

“Time-In: A Visual Journal” explores the paradoxes of this uncharted emotional and physical space and time. Isolation/togetherness, confinement of interior spaces/expansiveness of nature and the outdoors; a sense of timelessness, yet enhanced repetition and ritual; introversion and connection…

With more “time-in”, the interior and exterior worlds begin to merge, the imagination expands, the internal landscape deepens. Quarantine “dreams”; visions of the real and surreal abound in this visual document of a period of isolation and incubation. Carla E. Reyes combines photographic work with found imagery and mixed-media collage, in book art form; to create a unique visual narrative of fantasy and reality in a strange and unparalleled time.

The exhibition, entitled “Time-In: A Visual Journal,” marks the completion of Carla’s 4-week online residency with the studio. The exhibit will be available for viewing on the studio’s website from October 24, 2020 through November 14, 2020, and then in the archive.

Read the Press Release: Time-In: A Visual Journal

Red Parts, October 28- November 26, 2016, Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 



Urban Impressionism: Mixed-Media Art by Carla E. Reyes

Also Featuring Photography by: Jeremiah Gregory, Robert Lobe, and Erik Savage

Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 6:00pm-9:00pm

YASHAR GALLERY @ Brooklyn Art Studios 276 Greenpoint Ave, Bldg 8, Ground Floor, Brooklyn
On view:  November 1- 22, 2013

Viewing Hours: Saturdays 12-3pm

By appointment – 718.801.2809 /

Learn more about the exhibition:


Venue: Flushing Town Hall, 37-35 Northern Boulevard on the corner of Linden Place) Flushing, NY

On View: Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. on


Venue: La Guardia Community College, 31-10 Thompson Avenue, E Building, Floors 4 & 5, LIC, NY

On view: Thursday, September 12th – November 20th, 2013


Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm

Starting small

A Group Exhibition

August 1 – September 7, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Porter Contemporary presents Starting Small, a group exhibition of small works by over 30 artists opening with an artist reception on August 1, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Starting Small takes the idea of the traditional summer small works show in New York and focuses it on the aspects of collecting art. Many great collections have been started and even built on small pieces and small budgets and many collectors like to “start small” when first buying artwork to get their feet wet, especially in New York where wall space can be limited. This is the perfect exhibition to see a diverse selection by contemporary artists who are early, mid and late career working in a variety of mediums. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, mixed media works, drawings and photography with pricing for works ranging from $40 to $2000 offering up a wide selection of opportunities to either start your collection or add to it!

Roberta Allen, Dara Alter, Melissa Anderson, Bryan Austin, Jennie Barrese, BEPPO, Jason Bryant, Dara Engler, Kathy Greenwood, Naoto Hattori, Amy Hill, Jeff Huntington in collaboration with Travis Wagner, Jee Hwang, Jihay Kang, Sarah Kaufman, Lori Larusso, Andrew Maglathlin, Anne Marchand, Katie McCarthy, Kellyann Monaghan, Judith Mullen, Jennifer Murray, Judith Ostrowitz, Chaltin Pagan, Bruno Perillo, Joyce Pommer, Carla E. Reyes, Elena Rodz, Carlton Sturgill, Catherine Tafur, Beck Wheeler, Meghan Willis, Tom Wilson, Dan Withey

* Image Top L to R by Catherine Tafur, Jason Bryant, Lori Larusso; Bottom L to R by Naoto Hattori, Jennie Barrese, Jeff Huntington in collaboration with Travis Wagner

“Urban Influence: From Decay Beauty Rises” group show

3rdEye(Sol)ation Gallery 
1501 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 

Opening reception: Friday June 21st, 7pm-11pm
With live music from Vince Price, Glittered and Mauled & Yva Las Vegas.

On view: June 21st through June 30th.

Artists: Carla E. Reyes, Jaclyn Brown, Craig Johnson II, Cristy C. Road, Josama, Ricardo Diaz, Emma Gluckman, Sato Hilario, Morgan Lappin, Hannah Lichtenstein and Al Benkin.

A dynamic and diverse bunch of local Brooklyn art talent, this show displays varying interpretations and mediums of urban influence including: Urban Impressionism – textural “snapshots” that explore the juxtaposition and interplay of man-made and natural surfaces found in modern urban landscapes; nitty-gritty city inspired illustrations and dreamscape photographs shot within this metropolis; decollage of everyday magazine images to almost abstraction inspired by old deteriorating advertisements you see on subway platforms; surreal drawings and paintings that scoff at danger and give you the finger and/or a Muppet; and last but not least, found object assemblage (repurposing garbage into art of course!) And that’s only the half of it..

Hand picked Brooklyn based musical acts are performing during the reception, including “creepy polka” by accordionist Vince Price, punk folk story tellers of the cutest realm, Glittered & Mauled & the phenomenon Yva Las Vegas, who haunts and romances us with her voice and talents on the quatro.

3rdEye asks for a sliding scale of 3-10 dollars to help sustain this urban gallery for the people! Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.


Nurturing Nature Exhibition Closes May 25th

Art by Carla E. Reyes featured in RAW Brooklyn presents KALEIDOSCOPE !

KALEIDOSCOPE is a multi-faceted artistic showcase featuring 40+ local artists in visual art, music, fashion, HMUA, film/video installation, photography, and performance art.

Wed., June 19th @ 74 WYTHE

74 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn, NY
21+ Fashionable Attire

$15 presale, $20 door

To Buy a Ticket (in support of Carla E. Reyes):


RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features musical performances, art gallery, video art, performance art and fashion installations. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been selected to feature at RAW.

RAW events feature a full bar for cocktails while you enjoy the night. Dress code is fashionable attire, so dress the occasion and get ready for an eclectic evening of creativity!


RAW: natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.

RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 54 artistic communities across the United States and Australia, through monthly showcase events. Join us in celebrating the work of these artists.