suzan drummen: kaleidoscopic crystal floor installations
images courtesy of suzan drummen
dutch artist suzan drummen‘s large-scale floor installations are mesmerizing and complex circular patterns made out of mirrors and brightly colored glass. the fractal-like arrangements feature ornate and elaborate circles growing exponentially out of each other and vibrant rings of spiraling colors winding into the surface of the floor. they are composed of crystals, chromed metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. a sensory experience, and visually stimulating, the glittering installations play with the architecture of the space — climbing up walls and sweeping across the surfaces — examining the idea of illusion and optical effects.
when viewed from a distance or from above, the work looks organized and neat, but with close contact, visitors enjoy seeing the many intricate details resulting from the skilled craftsmanship that goes into each art piece. in much of her work, drummen places each glossy element loosely on the floor, making the artwork vulnerable and ephemeral.
large floor installation at the sociale verzekeringsbank amstelveen in 2012
viewers interact with the large-scale work
visitors interact with drummen’s work at CBK emmen, netherlands in 2013
a detail of the work at CBK emmen
a detail of the mirrored surfaces at CBK amsterdam
installation at the museum valkhof, netherlands in 2012
a close-up view of the floor piece at the museum valkhof