About Pim Wever

Even as a child, Pim was preoccupied with drawing and painting. Growing up in the polder, in freedom, amidst the nature in West Friesland, nature is also inevitably his greatest source of inspiration. Furthermore, he is a freethinker with broad interests and a man of imagination, contemplation and action.

 

Commisioned works
Pim Wever (1966) lives and works in the Netherlands. After his initial study of structural engineering, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Art & Design in  's-Hertogenbosch in 1994. He discovered his passion for sculpture while studying at the academy in 's-Hertogenbosch. The combination of his engineering and art studies dovetails perfectly with his current activities. All this has resulted in a diversity of works, most of which were made on commission. His designs range from pieces of jewellery to fountain sculptures several metres high and he is experienced in the utilization and implementation of state-of-the-art techniques.

Pim still experiences it as something very special whenever someone asks him to make a sculpture. In his words: "It's something like a meeting of kindred spirits. The people who commission a sculpture are people with an open attitude and a broad perspective, people who have higher aspirations. In order to arrive at a good design it is very important for me to feel the client's engagement in the process. Without that, the object I make will never really 'come to life'. My ultimate goal is always to create a sculpture that exceeds their expectations.

 

Autonomous works
During the last ten years however, he has also been focussing on the development of autonomous series of works. He explores the tension between cultivation and unchecked growth. Looking at his objects, we see wildly twisted forms, punctuated by prints of hands and fingers. Without focus, whirling, pulling and pushing, struggling, tormented. They allude to survival in the domestic situation, the struggle to break free.

"Man's victory over nature," has been eulogized throughout the modern age and, as a result, humankind has gradually detached itself from this nature, or so it believes in all its vanity. But who and what is domesticated? Humans tame the animal and control the vegetation, man creates and destroys. When humans tame other humans, what is then an animal? Who are we who have named ourselves human? The senses are dulled through captivity, tightening, survival through escape. The fantastic life, innocent, guilty, wild and meandering, directionless. 

 

Photo left: by Mark Zeilstra