Tracey Snelling

My studio is my home (actually it usually is — I prefer live/work situations). But also, my studio and work have always grounded me and helped me to feel at home, regardless of where it’s located at the time.

What I do in one sentence: I observe people, places and culture (mine and others) and express my observations through three dimensional non linear film-like sculptures and installations, both small scale and life size.

Why I didn’t get a proper job: I used to have “proper jobs” many years ago – firefighter, photo-lab tech, substitute teacher, waitress, trail builder – all jobs to pay the bills. I didn’t like it. I’m so happy to make a living from art for the last 14 years or so, with no extra job.

An artwork I dream of and I would get accomplished if space, time and money were abundant: Eight life-size rooms, in a row or stacked like an open motel, all containing performance.

Why I do what I do: First of all, I have this motivation to create. I’m not sure why, but if I don’t make some kind of artwork for awhile I feel less happy. It seems to ground me regardless of where I am. As to the subject choice, I’m often drawn to places and buildings that I find beautiful or exciting, even if they would be considered banal or ugly to most people. When I recreate a building I feel like I have some kind of ownership of that place. It’s also a way of documenting a location that will eventually change or be destroyed.

Artists, I have on my watch list (and why): David Lynch, because I would love to collaborate on a film or installation with him.

I am afraid of serial killers and mice.

How I want to be buried resp. words I want to be written on my tombstone: I would like to be cremated and have my ashes strewn across beautiful places and cities that I love. I’d also like a festive party when I die. No funeral and no tombstone!