Elin Bengtsson

Artist in Residence, 2018

Artist Statement

In my work I examine the uncomfortable state of having a body and a face, and the gaze of the other. I have a strong need to create what I don’t see around me—to find the strengthening parts of ugliness and weakness. The paintings mirror a thin-skinned mental state that sometimes becomes physical.

While at Headlands

My work with watercolor on polypropylene paper often includes a stage where I wash the painting under the sink or with cloth and water if it is a larger piece. The subtraction is as important to me as adding paint. At Headlands I plan to develop my large-scale watercolors on polypropylene and take the reduction part of the work further. I might engage some strong San Francisco faces who have been influential in my work.