Sandy Skoglund (born 11 September
1946) is an American photographer and installation artist.
Skoglund creates surrealist images
by building elaborate sets or tableaux, furnishing them with
carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of
which takes her months to complete. Finally, she photographs the
set, complete with actors. The works are characterized by an
overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting
colors or a monochromatic color scheme.
Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Skoglund studied both art history and
studio art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts,
graduating in 1968. In 1967, she studied art history at the Sorbonne
and Ecole Du Louvre in Paris, France. After graduating from Smith
College, she went to graduate school at the University of Iowa in
1969, where she studied filmmaking, multimedia art, and printmaking.
In 1971, she earned her Master of Arts and in 1972 a Master of Fine
Arts in painting.
In 1972, Skoglund began working as a conceptual artist in New York.
She became interested in teaching herself photography to document
her artistic endeavors, experimenting with themes of repetition. In
1978, she had produced a series of repetitious food item still life
One of her most-known photographs, entitled Radioactive Cats,
features green-painted clay cats running amok in a gray kitchen. An
older man sits in a chair with his back facing the camera while his
elderly wife looks into a refrigerator that is the same color as the
walls. Another image, Fox Games has a similar feel to Radioactive
Cats and is also widely recognized. A third and final oft-recognized
piece by her features numerous fish hovering above people in bed
late at night and is called Revenge of the Goldfish. The piece was
used as cover art for the Inspiral Carpets album of the same name.
Skoglund was an art professor at the University of Hartford between
1973 and 1976. She is currently teaching photography and art
installation/multimedia at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Skoglund has recently completed a series titled "True Fiction Two".
This recent project is similar to the "True Fiction" series that she
began in 1986. This series was not completed due to the
discontinuation of materials that Skoglund was using. Kodak canceled
the production of the dye that Skoglund was using for her prints.
Each image in "True Fiction Two" has been meticulously crafted to
assimilate the visual and photographic possibilities now available
in digital processes.
Revenge of the Goldfish
The Green House
Landscape in Roses
Picnic on WineI
Raining Pop Corn
Walking on Eggshells, 1997
Babies at Paradise Pond, 1995
Germs are Everywhere, 1986
Cats In Paris
A Breeze At Work
The Invisible Web
The sound of Food (True Fiction)
The Cocktail Party
Laws of Interior Design (True Fiction)