Suzan Drummen, an artist based in the Netherlands, creates expansive art installations that use thousands of tiny dazzling crystals and other shiny objects to create elaborate mandalas and textile designs.
Amazingly, Drummen doesn’t use a pre-made plan to create her works. “I never have a plan. The specific site guides me,” she told Irenbrination. “I check the light, the route of the visitors, the colours, the height etc, on spot. The whole atmosphere actually guides me. Every space requires something else and the installation grows slowly.”
Drummen’s goal is to overwhelm the viewer; “From a distance they appear clear and orderly, yet upon closer inspection, the eyes become disoriented by the many details and visual stimuli. That moment, of being able to take it all in or not, is explored, time and time again. The visual perception is challenged, requisitioned and intensified.” She uses pins to affix the crystal, chrome-plated metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass that she uses to walls, but lays these objects down freely on the ground.
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