My work features parallel architectural universes assembled from the detritus of discarded utopias and realized paleo-futuristic structures. I use manual drafting techniques to explore these worlds using pen and ink on mylar, straight edges and blades—combined with paint, collage, and a bit of software-enabled 3D modeling. Meticulously built up from hundreds of fragments hand-placed and assembled into compositions, these pieces reveal glimpses of places that hover somewhere between reality and the imagination.
Naomi Reis was born in Shiga, Japan and grew up in Ohio, Kyoto, and upstate NY. She received an MFA from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005, and a BA in Transcultural Identity at Hamilton College in 1997. She has participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts, and has shown nationally at venues such as the AIA Center for Architecture + Design Gallery in San Francisco (current), Exit Art in New York, Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, as well as internationally at the Artcomplex Center in Tokyo and the Print Center in Reykjavik. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.