Biography of Magali Reus
Dutch artist Magali Reus makes objects that look strangely familiar. Yet these forms—variously reminiscent of coat-hangers, locks, fridges, cups, saucers, playing cards and even slices of toast—retain their unique status as objects in their own right, functionless—not quite one thing or another.
Both the floor-based and wall-based works are composed through a process of layering different materials including jesmonite. The casting process sees individual layers being brushed in, meshed with one another and then sanded and reinforced with further secondary layers. This is a sedimentary process, which is clearly visible in the finished work.
Educated at London’s Goldsmiths College and then Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie, Magali Reus now lives and works in London’s East End. With exhibitions in 2016 at prestigious venues including Turin’s Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, institutions internationally are now taking note of this young sculptor.