Natalie Reis is a figurative artist based in Montreal. She obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from Waterloo University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. She has shown her work in numerous collective shows, at Usine C, Montreal 2009 Biennale, in the 2006 exhibition Fait à Montréal Made curated by Marc Séguin, as at international art fairs such as Red Dot in Miami.
This emerging artist has already caught the attention of noted critics and collectors. Reis’ most recent work reflects a rich and complex aesthetic. Her large-scale pieces embody at once the figurative, the allegorical, the theatrical and the popular by juxtaposing various symbols and icons that occupy our collective consciousness. Through her elaborate compositions, in which the play between subjects is at once artifical and psychoanalytical, Reis aims to illustrate the tension that exists in our relationship with visual language today – an anxiety that underlies our sense of mistrust in face of concocted realities.
Reis’ art practice begins with the accumulation and appropriation of found imagery. By creating an illusionary environment in which she mingles and merges icons, symbols and references from mythology, art history, news and popular culture, the artist attempts to disarm the viewer’s sense of perception. She demonstrates a clear interest in the ambivalence between reality and fiction. While a political and clearly feminist tone underlies the ambiguity of Reis’ works, their aesthetic, at once graceful and disturbingly primal, buoyed by a masterful technique, serves first and foremost to stimulate and challenge the viewer on a sensory level.
|2011||Esse, No 73 | Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre|
|Natalie Reis, Toxic Cornucopia | 10 septembre
|2010||The McGill Daily | Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite|
|The shadow of an "ism" | 21 janvier
|2009||Revue ETC | James D Campbell|
|The Dark Side of our Culture | 1 septembre
|2009||Inside the frozen mammoth | Julien|
|Nathalie Reis, Shopdropping and Les Fleurs du Mal Magazine | 4 mars
|2009||The Belgo Report | Bettina Forget|
|Dismembered Members | 21 janvier
|2008||Usine C | Usine C|
|As you were | 6 septembre
|2003||The Link | Kathy Acimovic|
|VAV-OOM | 7 octobre
|Les Fleurs du Mal | Benjamin Klein|
|Nathalie Reis Got Face |
|SNAP! TV ||
|Idols and Creatures |
|Echo, Kitchener | Shelly Potzold|
|Cowgirls and Penises #3 |
Natalie Reis created this new blog to show everyone where she works, how she works and her work in progress.
In the spring, Natalie Reis will take part of an important collective show at Lilian Rodriguez, curated by Réal Lussier. If you'd like to see more before the show you can take a look at Natalie Reis' blog.