Livet skal forstaas baglaens, men leves forlaens.

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

Marianne Nannings
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been wondering what the essence of life is. An invisible power drives me to create, enveloping me in its ethereal embrace whenever I immerse myself in artistic expression. It’s like the ancient concept of the aether in Greek philosophy - a mysterious substance that infuses every stroke of my brush, whether I’m working with oil paints or watercolors.

However, it was a transformative experience when I began to paint objects from my everyday surroundings. Delving into the physicality of each subject and translating it onto canvas or paper, I found myself embarking on a profound journey of discovery. The dichotomy between abstract and concrete dissolved, giving way to a deeper exploration of the object’s essence. Questions about its origin, the hands that crafted it, the materials used, and interacting with the environment became a constant companion in my creative process - a dialogue with the world that continues to shape my artistic vision. In this way, my art has become more than just a visual representation; it’s a testament to the interconnectedness of all things and a reflection of my ongoing quest for understanding. In pursuit of my fascination with talent development, I blend the roles of artist and doctoral researcher, leveraging each to enrich the other.”