Tegnebiennalen Human Touch, 8.11- 15. 12.2019, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Carving in marble D:50cm, and chalk drawing on two canvas 130cm x 180cm
Photo: Vegard Kleven
The work is based on life and the title comes from the Sami word eallin and means to bring life to. The work shows a symbol of carbon, which is fundamental in all organic material and life as we know it. Carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe measured in mass and is found in the sun, stars and comets.
The drawing is made with untreated chalk on canvas, and is an exploration of time on a human scale. Lime algae consists of a cell and is formed from the mineral chalk, and looks like a coral. The small, almost invisible algae in the sea nourish most things under water. At the same time, they have a vital function for life above water. The algae make oxygen that we need to breathe.
A coral is a tiny organism that lives in colonies in the ocean and forms coral reefs in beautiful colors, which have a lot to say for the ocean ecosystem. The coral reefs can be seen as the ocean's rainforest. When the earth gets warmer due to man-made climate change, it also gets warmer for the corals in the sea, which they do not tolerate very well. There are algae that the corals depend on, and they live together in a symbiosis. That is, they live together and receive nourishment from each other. It is because of the algae that the corals are so colorful. When the temperature in the sea rises, the algae die and the corals do not get nourishment and fade. It becomes a white dead lime landscape.
Lime under heat and pressure turns into marble, and in the black marble Lindahl has carved a portrait of his son. Reference to petroglyphs, and how their design language gives us an idea of life that has been several hundred years back in time.
- a homage to my son Edvard