Amsterdam artist Suzan Drummen creates art of all sorts, but is highly esteemed for her tangible work that reflects kaleidoscopic patterns. The vibrant installations give emphasis to space and create illusion, affecting the viewer’s perception. The temporary artwork is integrated with crystal, mirrors and materials of the like to develop layers of detail and ultimately display Drummen’s creativity. Suzan Drummen shares the development of her latest installation that takes place in an empty wooden chapel in Arnhem.
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How did you decide on the setting to perform this project?
There was this very small, old wooden Chapel that was not in use for a long while. Brieke Drost is an artist and a curator and she asked me to make an installation in the Chapel.
What inspired the Arnhem Installation?
The architecture of the little old Chapel influenced the pattern and the colors. I placed the elements in such a way that I more or less directed the viewer’s mental and physical movement.
What was the process like to bring the art to life and how long did it take?
All the elements were placed loosely on the floor and it took us two whole days with 3 people to install it.
How would you describe the affect your art has on the audience?
When the viewers realize that the materials are loose and vulnerable, they are surprised and even more touched by the work. Since the room was so small, people had to walk very close to the work, so looking became a physical experience. The twinkling surfaces and the colour contrasts submerge the viewer in a visually intoxicating world. The effect of the radiance, light, and colour creates an impression of a heavenly place.
Is the installation going to stay in this space or is it only temporary?
It lasted only for one day. We were lucky as the weather was very beautiful and a lot of visitors came. It might seem strange to build up an installation like this just for one day, but I like the fact that the work is so temporary.