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Magali Reus

By using complex techniques to process a variety of synthetic materials alongside fabrics and leather, Magali Reus has created sculptural forms that avoid direct references to existing objects but still evoke associations with saddles, motorcycles, or blankets.


Her enlargement of (animal) forms contains elements of camp and the grotesque, imbuing the works with both a strongly physical and simultaneously unsettling presence. their complex material composition and exuberant ornamentation repurpose decorative impulse into something that on first inspection appears functional or utilitarian.

Through this use of seemingly everyday objects and images, Reus’ work initially evokes a sense of familiarity. it is upon closer scrutiny that the hidden complexity of her works unfolds. Reus adopts an almost obsessive approach of layering and repetition of visual elements, with a resultant crisis of definition that leads to her works to emerge as more personified or simply abstract entities.

Mt. Lugs (detail) / Fibreglass and cast polyester resin, pigments, lead shot, powder coated steel tubing and laser cut steel, blackened socket bolts, washers and nuts, burnt and engraved wood, sandblasted rubber dipped and steel rod, debossed, laser engraved, hand and machine embroidered, perforated, dyed leathers and suedes, polyester webbing, eyelets, rubber dipped threaded steel rod, fixings / 2017

Harlequin Darts (detail) / Fibreglass and cast polyester resin, pigments, lead shot, powder coated steel tubing and laser cut steel, blackened socket bolts, washers and nuts, burnt and engraved wood, stapled, debossed, laser engraved, screen printed, perforated, dyed leathers and suedes, hessian, laser cut rubber, metallic leatherette, polyester webbing and rope, rubber dipped threaded steel rod, passivated steel, fixings / 2016

Propeller E.K. (detail) / Fibreglass and cast polyester resin, pigments, copper powder, lead shot, powder coated steel tubing and laser cut steel, sand blasted laser cut aluminium, blackened socket bolts, washers and nuts, burnt engraved wood, upholstered, woven, braided, natural and dyed leathers and suedes, polyester rope, fixings / 2016

Pecan Sleepers (detail) / Fibreglass and cast polyester resin, pigments, iron filings, copper powder, lead shot, Jesmonite, powder coated steel tubing and laser cut steel, blackened socket bolts, washers and nuts, burnt and engraved wood, stapled and laser engraved natural and dyed leathers and suedes, mesh, hessian, denim, cotton, fixings, stainless steel wire, copper ferrules / 2016

Arbroath Smokie (detail) / Fibreglass and cast polyester resin, pigments, lead shot, powder coated steel tubing, and laser cut steel, blackened socket bolts, washers and nuts, burnt and engraved wood, powder coated aluminium and brass, stapled, debossed, laser engraved dyed leathers and suedes, quilted outdoor fabrics, zipper, PVC, C-type print, shoe lace, eye bolt / 2016

Toucan Brow (detail) / Fibreglass and cast polyester resin, pigments, aluminium powder, lead shot, powder coated steel tubing and laser cut steel, blackened socket bolts, washers and nuts, burnt and engraved wood, phosphated steel rod, magnets, stapled, debossed, embroidered dyed leathers and suedes, quilted ripstop, mesh, perforated polyester, denim, zipper, tinted PVC / 2016