Construction and Destruction: Marjan Teeuwen’s Abandoned Building Art
Dutch Artist Marjan Teeuwen changes abandoned buildings into art by working with debris and upcycled building materials. Her technique involves layering fragments of debris, then taking photographs and films of the final constructions.
Her project Destroyed House done in 2008, was created in a house that had an adjoining ice cream parlor. The work was done in close cooperation with a contractor in order to remove ceilings and floors, move walls, and to create viewing holes in the structure. She calls the works architectural sculptural installations. Many of the materials used in Destroyed House were from the house itself .
In writing about her work, Teeuwen writes, “The literal breaking away of parts of floors, walls and ceilings signals a further accentuation of the polarity between destruction and construction. There is a balance between order and chaos, balance and imbalance, aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, refinement and crudeness.
The photographs of her work emphasize the careful layered materials in contrast to the frame of the buildings, which appear to be on the verge of collapsing. The effect is an image of order and disorder and the relationship of construction to destruction.
Images of her projects can be seen on her website at http://www.kw14.nl/
Marjan Teeuwen Website