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Precious Illusions

about Suzan Drummen

But hers,
which through the crystal tears gave light,
Shone like the moon in water seen by night

William Shakespeare

The works by Suzan are a playful investigation of space, illusion, optical effects and other visual phenomena as part of a broad exploration of visual perception and the limits of beauty. There is an ongoing inquiry into the limits of seduction and repulsion.

The installations, for example, are made from crystal, chrome-plated metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. 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.

Zaanstad

“When I was eight years old I visited Cologne cathedral for the first time. It was an intoxicating experience. I had never seen anything so overwhelming. I was completely enthralled and deeply moved by the immense size of the architecture and the beautiful light falling in.

Ten years later, at the Maastricht academy, I tried to make something with a similar impact. Of course I didn’t succeed. This was followed by a desperate search for a powerful image with important ‘content’. At the time conceptual art was a great discovery for me and I wondered whether it wasn’t naive to keep on painting. But the appeal of painting and my penchant for visual work won out.

Hong Kong

www.suzandrummen.nl

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