Paaijmans’ work is best described as an in-depth exploration of the drawing discipline in the broadest sense of the word. His aim for an objective, formally abstract way of drawing urged him to radically move away from traditional drawing materials and techniques.
Trained as a draughtsman, he has explored the drawing medium in both theory and practice. While investigating the act of making a drawing and dissecting this process, he replaces the physical human action with moving mechanical elements. He employs technology to deconstruct drawing itself to its basic elements, in order to understand the essence of the discipline.
Paaijmans uses the term hyperdrawing to describe his practice, indicating his inclusive perspective on drawing: to identify drawing as a medium that stretches across any and all material approaches, a medium that originates from, but is no longer defined or restricted by the trinity of hand, drawing material and paper. As such, hyperdrawing indicates Paaijmans’ point of departure as much as his ambition. While exploring the artistic possibilities of mechanics, he questions and in doing so, actually changes the definition of what drawing is or can be. Ultimately it is his intention to provoke the viewer to question the essence of drawing and the possibilities of the discipline.