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Investigating spirituality, afterlife, and death mediums w/ Kim Gromoll

Kim Gromoll (b. 1994 in Cologne, Germany) is a visual artist who lives & works in Maastricht, the Netherlands after she fell in love with the city at the age of 19. Her artwork is based on more profound subjects like spirituality, the afterlife, death experiences, and remembering past lives. She graduated with BA in Fine Arts in 2019 and has been awarded Henriette Hustinx Prize for her graduation works.

At the end of 2019, she visited the country Indonesia for the duration of one month. The encountered culture and their belief systems as well as worship of gods & higher forces struck her. This was the starting point to investigate spirituality and the fundamental questions of life that kept her captivated since early childhood.
In 2020 after witnessing her father having multiple strokes within a few days, Gromoll was challenged with mortality and the fear of loss again. After confronting herself with that fear, Gromoll was driven to find answers once again.
Therefore she dove into subjects such as the afterlife, death experiences, remembering past lives, and spirit mediums. Also, metaphysics and quantum philosophy gave her a deeper understanding and different personal beliefs on the matter. Especially her artworks created during 2020 & 2021 are moving within the topics of mortality, death & transformation (Cocoon, A Birds Universe, …).

Every physical being is part of the greater whole while simultaneously it is also a biosphere in itself entirely.

The Enlightenment Of Plant

Kim Gromoll is fascinated by the many layers and fundamental aspects that make up our existence and reality. In her artistic practice as well as in her personal life she is drawn toward the essence and divinity of life. The underlying true nature and origin of everything. She seeks connection to this essence through subjects such as Beauty, Time, Light, Matter, and Love. Through her art, she is able to express this search for understanding the world, in which she not only focuses on the physical but also embraces the multidimensional and spiritual aspects of reality and nature. 

Body Soul Portrait-Dichroic Glass-Himalaya Salt
Body Soul Portrait-Dichroic Glass-Sea Salt

For Gromoll, every physical thing and being is an expression of internal aspects and energies. One of those aspects is Beauty which cannot be measured but merely acknowledged and perceived as an expression in form and a reflection of the essence. Beauty cannot be located within an object. It has a certain presence that encases an object, being, place, or phenomenon with a thin but powerful veil that naturally attracts us. We can notice certain aspects of it with our senses, but the wholeness of Beauty can only be perceived beyond the 5 senses. With our whole being – body, spirit, and soul. To perceive the world of formless energies, we have to become it. To shift our awareness from the physical to the nonphysical being. 

Crazy Flower

Within “Cocoon” a selection is shown of an ongoing process in which deceased insects are gathered throughout daily life. A fragile husk is all that remains from many of these creatures, yet upon closer inspection immense beauty may be found in their transient physical presence. By adopting the insects into this colony of unseen passing, a new stage in the post-lifecycle is set in motion. Encased in a thin and vulnerable glass cocoon, they are offered temporary protection & preservation from outside influences, human or natural alike. The glass cocoon as an intervention allows for the short life of each of these individuals to resonate beyond their own time. An opportunity for us to take a more attentive look at these tiny beings which account for the majority of life on the planet.

Cocoon
Cocoon
Life without Form

By presenting aspects, traces, and objects of the universe in a new light, Gromoll aims to inspire and open a door inside each one of us, that guides us toward the nonphysical being that we are and that is able to perceive a greater reality. Through her art, she is able to express this search for understanding the world,  in which she not only focuses on the physical but also embraces the multidimensional and spiritual aspects of reality and nature.

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