Peter Palfi (b. 1993) was born in Hungary. He moved to England during his early teen years and began his studies in the arts at Henley College in 2010. In 2015, he graduated from Bath Spa University with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts. Throughout his undergraduate studies, he studied at Hoschule Luzerne in Lucerne, Switzerland through Fall 2013 on a Erasmus Programme. In the Fall 2016, he began his M.F.A. in Sculpture with a graduate fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
When he is not doing something unusual with the materiality of the animals body, he is most likely spending time with his family, watching animated movies or simply doing outdoor activities. He currently lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.
Palfi’s practice is intentionally provocative dealing with issues that require certain self-assurance. In his sculptures/installations. Palfi builds unnerving narratives using animals, their remains as well as found objects that have to do with the ways that we store and preserve matter. His interest in the process of taxidermy and the exploration of ethics are also key elements of his practice. Palfi’s research is dealing with the materiality of animals while creating scenarios where the finished piece evolves around questioning the viewer’s perception. These perceptions are questioned by facing the viewers with provocative query about the dilemmas around the hardline of ethics (such as materiality of the body after death and beauty) with the illusion of cruelty and humor in mind. He is exploring where the boarder line of ethics is, which seems to be not present. The ethics determined by many different factors, such as spices of animals, way of justification, surrounding environment and on the individual viewing it.
By going down this path, Palfi wants his work to become a lightning rod of existing questionable constructs, through the science of taxidermy, humor and the materiality of the skin.
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