Judas Companion

B orn in Germany in 1984, Judas Companion studied Fine Art at the Art Academy Duesseldorf, Central Saint Martins London and Fashion Goldsmiths, University London. Judas Companion is the alter ego created by artist Jasmin Reif in 2016. Her work revolves around metamorphosis of character and changing identity. Through painting, mask making, photography and video performance, Judas visualises processes of transformation and turns her inner world and emotional turmoil inside out. Her works reveal the brokenness within. The golden thread in Judas’ work is to make human failure visible.

Judas Companion has exhibited internationally, including The Alexander McQueen Foundation London, the Royal Academy London, the Design Museum London and Joyce Hong Kong. She will show new work in 2021 at the Bangkok Biennale and the Kunstverein Kaernten, Austria in 2022. Recent awards received include Kunststiftung NRW Duesseldorf, the nomination for Villa Massimo Rome and the Alexander McQueen Foundation.

“Masks are an ongoing theme in my practice. The self is expressed through an alter ego, it appears transformed. I use self-portrait and video role play to document my transformative work. In painting, the figure also mutates. I paint characters that are in the process of “leaving” their bodies to become something else. Often, my paintings show figures that are somehow "in between" two states of being. In a way, all works I create are personifications of the demons inside me. They become daemons (guiding spirits) once they are acknowledged and nurtured, which I do via painting, sculpture, knitting, video, photography and drawing”.

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