About the artist

b. 1981 in Den Haag, The Netherlands

Lives and works in London, UK.


The work of Magali Reus often begins with familiar existing objects. Applying a sensuous material intelligence and precise compositional grammar, Reus coaxes out relations between the characteristics of objects and our conventional, habitualised encounters with them.

Visual elements are reproduced, layered and repeated in works that are individually crafted using complex casting, moulding and CNC milling and metalwork techniques, pitting the slick emptiness of manufacture against the slow diligence of handiwork.

Physical transformation and display sets the stage for an object to shed its function and perform a different image of itself. Oscillating between craft-based and technological production, the works destabilise material identity and association. Newly liberated, such objects and forms take on a strange, disobedient agency.

Recently, Reus’ latest works have deepened an interest in ecology and systems of production, considering the tensions between nature, technology and the impact of post-industrial human activity.

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