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Published on Oct 11, 2008
Installation at Selfridges London October 9 through November 9 2008
Woman on The Run is a multimedia project exploring a fragmented narrative about a film noir heroine. The protagonist, a combination of femme fatales from 1950's and 1960's crime thrillers, is trying to escape her unwritten fate. A crime has taken place, and she is wanted for questioning. Clues are given about what might have happened and who the woman is; it is for the viewer to decide whether she the victim, or the perpetrator; a study in feminism or the manifestation of outdated perceptions of women?
Tracey Snelling is interested in morphing realities where changes continually take place as the result of varying perceptions and individual subjectivity. This concept is explored through varying scale and the presentation of the subject in a myriad of ways including film, photography, small and large scale sculpture. Influences in Tracey's work are anchored in Americana, and are informed by post-war US popular culture, literature and cinema. Her work celebrates, demystifies and re-interprets those cultural clichés with the aim of presenting them as both timeless and fresh. The viewer becomes an active participant in the story, and is able to enter and explore this multilayered world to form their own conclusions about the fate of the Woman on the Run.