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Pim Palsgraaf

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Pim Palsgraaf

The fragility of existence

Mixed media

Artist Pim Palsgraaf  by Gert Jan Pos
Artist Pim Palsgraaf by Gert Jan Pos

Pim Palsgraaf (born 1979) is a Netherlands artist who is inspired by the decay and irregularities within cities. His studio is located in the industrial section of Rotterdam.


He creates sculptures that shows the outgrowths of urban architecture. It can be comparable to tumors of urban growing. Through art he explores the discord between nature and urbanity are relevant topics and perspectives in meta-modernistic thinking.



Multiverse taxidermy sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf
Multiverse taxidermy sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf

Palsgraaf’s work is a result of an ever-deepening investigation into the erosion of the inner city.


He drapes found objects on taxidermy animals to symbolize the contrary of culture and nature. His paintings reveal a clandestine interior of cities. By portraying deserted rooms, damp corridors and damaged ceilings in danger to collapsing he show his weakness for urban decline. That the natural environment of men slowly sinking into oblivion.

Mycose city 33 Wood, concrete modelhouses
Mycose city 33 Wood, concrete modelhouses

Palsgraaf is known for regularly roaming and working with other artists in the ruins of Industrial Giants.


Palsgraaf further investigates how people construct their world around themselves. This often leads to dualisms in society. Nihilism and consumerism are side by side and irony and naive informality live simultaneously. They co-exist in a chaos.


Multiverse taxidermy sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf
Multiverse taxidermy sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf

In his sculpture series the invasive qualities of the growths is apparent in his embedding of cityscapes into taxidermic animals. In this series, the often combative relationship between nature and culture is explored and even questioned by viewer as the tumorous city seems to overcome the animal and bring it to its knees.


Hyfen 08 by Pim Palsgraaf
Hyfen 08 by Pim Palsgraaf

Through out Palsgraaf’s art there is a warning of how the environments of men are slowly being reclaimed by nature.



Inverted space Site specific installation. during IPIHAN#8 Altenburg, Germany Variety of wood, wallpaper and light tubes
Inverted space Site specific installation. during IPIHAN#8 Altenburg, Germany Variety of wood, wallpaper and light tubes

Looking at his work I am captivated by the notion that when we look at the colonies and architecture of insects we marvel at the beauty of their creations yet are so harsh towards our own. Palsgraaf’s work echo a hauntingly true statement our creations and our civilizations are not immortal.


‘In the absence of light’ site specifc installation in the Kunsthal Rotterdam  by Pim Palsgraaf
‘In the absence of light’ site specifc installation in the Kunsthal Rotterdam by Pim Palsgraaf

And yet Pim Palsgraaf critiques this existence by creating his own cities and preserves nature through his taxidermy. This duality really plays in my mind in some ways his art reads to me as almost a dark love letter and also a warning.


Multiverse taxidermy sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf
Multiverse taxidermy sculpture by Pim Palsgraaf

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Beyond space and time 03 Wood, stained wallpaper, bitumen
Beyond space and time 03 Wood, stained wallpaper, bitumen


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