This work, originally shown at the Tegnetriennalen 2019—Human Touch, is based on life and the title comes from the Sámi word eallin, which 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 by 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. 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 human-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,receiving 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. In the black marble, Lindahl has carved a portrait of her son, a reference to petroglyphs, and how their design language gives us an idea of life from several hundred years back in time.