Erle M. Kyllingmark

Naturstudier etc.

There is no beginning.

             There is no end.

Intimate Distance

You don’t actually see the shape of anything



There are countless stories and theories about the universe we live in. The ideas we have about life are often highly individual and are linked both to faith and to science.

It’s fascinating how many ways we can view life on this planet, and impressive how much science has discovered.

 But the truth is that we know very little. There’s an overwhelming number of things we know nothing about. This in itself gives me a strange calm since it opens the way for our world to be controlled by forces I find more reliable than political authority – a kind of overarching order unadulterated by poor decision-making. I think of the laws of nature intertwining with the life force, and that everything is unshakeably bound to everything else. When there’s so much that cannot be explained, I can go out into the woods, look at people and animals, scrutinise myself – seeking answers and clues. I see patterns that repeat themselves in all structures, from the smallest to the largest. To me, it says something about the affinity between everything. The fact that everything – whether human or stone – is made up of the same basic building blocks, also testifies to this. My mind is opened both by what science tells us and what it does not. It is through this open landscape I move when I construct my images. I am out there looking, in the world, or in myself, for something that can provide a glimpse of life’s true nature


These images are a visualisation of my perspective. But it is only one angle, and I find it very interesting that existence can be described in such different ways from different angles, without the one excluding the other. It is precisely this that has inspired me to ask particle physicist Lillian Smestad and philosopher, literary scholar and art critic Kjetil Røed to write contributions to this book. Here there are musings on life from three different standpoints: physics, philosophy, and art. Together these three perspectives form the book’s whole.



©Erle M. Kyllingmark 2021