Livet skal forstaas baglaens, men leves forlaens.

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

                                Søren Kierkegaard (1843)

Marianne Nannings
“For as long as I can remember I have been wondering what the essence of life is.
I am driven by a desire to learn and create, an invisible power. Let’s call it aether,
as in ancient Greek philosophy.

I was determined to make abstract work. Since I started painting objects from my
daily environment, something has changed. While focusing on the physical presence
of an object and translating it through paint, I was taken on a fulfilling journey.
The inner struggle between abstract and non-abstract faded away.
It is not about visuality anymore.

I began to wonder about the origin of the object.
Who made it, from what drive and with what materials?
It’s about connectedness, an ongoing dialogue with the world.

Whether I work with oil paint or watercolour, it is always a process with thin layers.
That gives me access to the transparant world of aether.
It is not about giving meaning. It’s a way of being.”