Tracey Snelling is an American artist who was born in 1970 in Oakland, California; where she still lives and works. She attended the San Joaquin Delta College, in Stockton, California. Later on she went to the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque.
Snelling’s work is usually based on a story. Her unique scale models are made from imaginary buildings, sometimes creating small towns. These buildings show fragments of movies in their windows, provoking spectators to look inside, establishing a relationship of complicity with them through voyeurism. The viewer is puzzled by the stories behind each of the characters that inhabit these “buildings” and the connection among them.
Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and in Europe. It can be found as part of the collection of important museums and institutions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland; the Museum of Fine Arts, in Houston, Texas; the West Collection, in Pennsylvania; the 21c Museum, Louisville, in Kentucky; the Crocker Art Museum, in Sacramento, and the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, both in California.