Small is Beautiful, Compelling And Voyeuristic!

"The Gas Station" Artist Tracey Snelling
Classic American Gas Station by Artist Tracey Snelling

In 2008, Selfridges in London, presented an extraordinary exhibition by American artist, Tracey Snelling, entitled; “Woman On The Run”. I produced some beautiful post cards for the show and a couple of Fuji Crystal Archival prints for a private gallery in West London, where Tracey was showing.

Prompted by this, I attended, “Woman On The Run” and was completely immersed in classic Americana. Tracey creates miniature models of gas stations, motels and diners. Some of her buildings incorporate sound, video and lighting, to evoke mood and atmosphere. Many, she depicts as abandoned, with peeling paint and varying degrees of dilapidation.

They all have one thing in common. They invite you to peer in the windows and doors, like a voyeur.

Her work is exquisite, poignant and nostalgic. The mood and atmosphere she evokes seems to hint at something darker. Her replicas represent a vanishing American landscape. This sense of loss may symbolize warm memories and our desire to return to our past.

If you have time, take a look at Tracey’s compelling, meticulous depiction of a bygone age. When small town America was the heart beat of the world.

Examples of this extraordinary artist can be found at Her work is also heavily featured on YouTube at

If you have any comments about this article or indeed Tracey Snelling, I would love to hear from you.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.


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