by: Chelsea Gauvin
During the covid-19 pandemic, I started going for long walks around the city to pass the time since I was out of work. On these walks, I found myself overcome by vivid memories associated with different spaces throughout my hometown of Moncton. Familiar streets, parks, cafes, alleyways, the train tracks we used to walk to reach downtown. In an instant, I was transported back to a particular place in time. Pleasantly haunted by the past, I found refuge in nostalgia.
The space depicted in Ghost Town was once a bustling Bed & Breakfast, yet it now sits vacant like a ghostly reminder of what once was. This painting explores memory and the desire to express it visually. Numerous thin layers of paint were applied and over-blended. Details were washed over, and the contours of the structure softened to achieve a ghostlike quality. A thick application of white paint depicts a heavy coat of snow in the foreground, distancing the viewer from its focal point, mirroring the space between then and now.