Is there a place that you have always wanted to visit or revisit that no longer exists?

 

If so, please send it to me at DisappointTourist@gmail.com and I will try to paint it as part of my series of paintings of lost places. 

Please include the following information:

Name:

Contact Information:

Proposed Site:

Reason for choice:

Image (if you have one):

I will be spending this next year making two hundred 24 x 18” (61 x 46 cm) paintings of lost sites throughout the world and I am asking people to suggest sites for me to paint. The site need not be famous – just some place that is special to you and that can no longer be visited. It can be a site that disappeared before you were born or some place that you loved to visit or had always wanted to visit. It needn’t be a building – it can be a natural site or even a tree.

There is no guarantee that I will use your suggestion but if I do, your name (unless you request otherwise) will be on the rear of the painting, you will be credited in any books that I publish on the project and you will be invited to all showings of the project. At present, The Disappointed Tourist (in progress) will be exhibited at The Suburban in Milwaukee (December 2019) and at Turner Contemporary in Margate, U.K. (Summer 2020).

We live in a world that often feels as though it is vanishing before our eyes. Places we love disappear. Places we have hoped to visit cease to exist. The forces of war, time, ideology, greed and natural disaster are constantly remaking places that we love but cannot control or save. The Disappointed Tourist comes from the very human urge to physically repair what has been broken. It makes symbolic restitution, literally remaking lost sites, at the same time that it acknowledges the inadequacy of such restitution. It was inspired both by old postcards of lost sites and by the tradition of tourist painting – both the paintings produced for wealthy tourists to take home and the touring paintings that allowed pre-photographic viewers to experience far-off places. It attempts to honor the trauma underlying the nostalgia that results from our collective and individual losses while celebrating human attachment to places both real and aspirational. The goal is to create a level playing field in which personal losses and larger cultural losses can meet and be recognized and hopefully create a positive conversation about our love for our physical environment.

Ellen Harvey, 2019 

To see other work by or information about Ellen Harvey, please visit www.ellenharvey.info