Tracey Snelling
Based in Berlin and Oakland.
I have been awarded a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant:
and am presently an artist in residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

image shown:
detail of Dude's Room, Girl's Room, 2017
upcoming solo exhibition:
Asphalt Jungle
Jules Maeght Gallery
San Francisco, CA
Opening May 10, 6-9pm
May 10 - September 2018

Present Events:

Il Terzo Giorno
Palazzo del Governatore
Parma, Italy
May 10 - July 10, 2018
Artists include Marina Abramovic, Roger Ballen, Olivo Barbieri, Alighiero Boetti, Alighiero Boetti, John Isaacs, Bodys Isek Kingelez, and Gavin Turk, among others.

Imagining Home
Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, Maryland
October 25, 2015 — June 1, 2018
With Jim Goldberg, Laurie Simmons, Alfred Stieglitz, Dave Eggers, Walter Henry Williams, Marguerite Gérard, and others.

Klagenfurt, Austria
September 29, 2017 – July 6, 2018

Criminal City
commission for the Historisches Museum Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany
October 2017
10 year installation

Recent press:
Shoot It video at Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome:

Historisches Museum Frankfurt articles:
Allgemeine Zeitung:
Berliner Zeitung:
Hessen Schau:
Frankfurter Rundschau:

Lilith's Cave at the Contemporary Jewish Museum:
Sculptures at Kunstaush Kollitsch:
Bad Motel at Bonnefantenmuseum:

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.