Elin Engelsen was born and raised in Norway, but nowadays she lives in Denmark. Her memories of the Norwegian nature often play a role in her works. In relation to nature, the artist says: “In my eyes, the nature is not something out of picture postcards, but it should be taken seriously. In a blink of an eye, its forces can tear down all our strongholds.”
Elin Engelsen’s style is simple and clean, and her works often contain empty areas, so that viewers can project themselves and their imagination into the magical world which unfolds on the canvas. The colors mirror natures’ luminous sky, azure oceans, dark forest lakes and green meadows.
Engelsen’s works capture a completely unique Nordic light, clearly bearing a mark of her childhood in the fairytale-like, but also scary, magnificent Norwegian nature.
In her soloexhibition “Affect” at GalleriV58, 2020, Elin Engelsen still engages in nature; its powers and color schemes. The exhibition title symbolizes the affect, which our surroundings emit; “an intense, short term, positive reaction in body and mind.” (Engelsen). The nature in Engelsen’s works represents the releasing moments when we surrender to our emotions. The paintings often portray children or young people in spectacular nature scenes, and this solo exhibition is no exception: In lakes, by mountain ranges and ramson-covered forest floors they move unconcerned through the landscapes, which are both enthralling and awe-inspiring. Some of the artists’ works also depict nature in its pure form, undisturbed by humans, – in this solo exhibition through among other things paintings of golden, brown leaves, which floats on a lake surface – dreamy nature shapshots.
According to Elin Engelsen the theme of the “Affect”- exhibition has to do with getting carried away. Engelsen has brought Tanja Eijgendaal with her as guest exhibitioner. She represents an entirely different art style, but nevertheless the works figure in a fascinating interaction with Engelsens’. The two artists’ paintings are inspired by each other’s and thus they become visual symbols for a symbiosis between two styles.