Tracey Snelling
Recent press:
ART Habens interview about films

JUXTAPOZ interview with Austin Mcmanus
interview link

HI FRUCTOSE article by Nastia Voynovskaya
magazine link

Present events:
2050: A Brief History of the Future
Royal Museum of Fine Arts
September 11, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Brussels, Belgium
curated by Pierre-Yves Desaive
inspired by Jacques Attali’s book A Brief History of the Future
with a concurrent exhibition at the Louvre
Belgian and international artists such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Alighiero Boetti, Isek Kingelez, Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle, Andreas Gursky, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Yongliang, Gavin Turk, Francis Alÿs, and others.

Triennale Brugge 2015
May 20-October 18, 2015
Brugges, Belgium

September 18-October 23, 2015
curated by Culturadora
Artists include: Rachel Libeskind, Daniel Greenfield, Nick Fusaro, Daniel Horowitz, Mei Xian Qiu, Tracey Snelling, Diego Zaks, Ariela Kader, Eric Corriel

Front Yard/Backstreet
Palo Alto Art Center
September 18 - December 13, 2015
Palo Alto, CA

The Art in Literature and Literature in Art
Artium, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
April 17 - October 10, 2015
Writers and artist include: Mario Vargas Llosa, Honoré de Balzac, Paul Auster, David Hockney, Cristina Lucas and more.

Driving down the street at night, I look at the lit windows of the houses that I pass, and I wonder who lives there. What is taking place behind that drawn window shade? A tired motel sign along the side of the highway still buzzes and beckons travelers to come stay in one of the faded rooms. An old furniture store on a street in a forgotten downtown is dark and the sofas are covered with dust. I want to know the stories of the people who once inhabited these areas.

My work derives from voyeurism, film noir, and geographical and architectural location. Within this idea of location, themes develop of a particular locale’s inhabitants: Who are these people? What do they do and why do they do it? These questions transport observation into the realm of storytelling, and as my work evolves, I continue to explore place, people, and culture through the use of scale and repetition of a theme; I create new realities that change with the viewer’s
perception. Through video, sound, and manipulation of size, I am not trying to replicate a place; rather I give my impression of a place, its people and their experience, and allow the viewer to extrapolate his or her own meaning.

When visiting different cultures, countries, and neighborhoods, I am fascinated by the possibility of unfamiliarity. To be square in the middle of a culture so foreign, one almost feels invisible. To walk down these alien streets, trying to dress and assimilate as though I belong, I am able to observe subtly the daily interactions and goings-on of the people who live and work there. Sometimes I will give up the idea of being inconspicuous and travel as “the tourist,” camera and sound recorder in hand, which offers yet another perspective and offers a completely different take.

At the core of my work resides the intersection of place and experience. I try to do this with as much respect as possible to foreign cultures and tradition, while staying true to the call of the artist by shining a light on the little seen corners. Ultimately, my personal views and ideas come into play, and I believe it is this melding, the known with the unknown, the foreign with the familiar, that fuels my work and creates such a rich experience for the viewer.