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Cary Reeder was born in Miami, Florida and now lives and works in Houston, TX. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. She later attended the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Cary explains her work by saying, “As an artist, I am drawn to the old, the worn, and the creaky. My most recent paintings are inspired by my historic neighborhood which has undergone significant gentrification, resulting in the demolition of many old houses. With this, I feel a weighty sense of emotion over the loss of history, stories, and a sense of place. Moreover, I am entranced by the mundane beauty of these houses and by the mysteries that lie behind each closed door and drawn blind. With each painting, my aim is to create a scene that conjures up a forgotten, or likely, an imagined past, and to create a mood and atmosphere that leaves the viewer unsettled and questioning. In my work, old houses and buildings become more than simple structures; they are repositories of secrets and losses, and hold the imprints of countless lives lived.”