Sandy Skoglund

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Sandy Skoglund (born September 11, 1946 ) is an American photographer and installation artist.

Sandy Skoglund studied art history and fine arts at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts , which she graduated from the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre , Paris , in 1968 after a year abroad . She then went to the University of Iowa , where she studied film production, multimedia arts, and printmaking. In 1971 she received her Master of Arts and in 1972 a Master of Fine Arts in painting.

After graduating, Sandy Skoglund went to New York as a concept artist . She started taking photos to document her artistic progress and because she was interested in the repetitive possibilities of this medium. In 1978 she made a series of repetitive still lifes.

Sandy Skoglund became known for her surreal scenes, her trompe l'oeil effect and the very elaborate set structures. Setting up and matching the colors of the furniture and other objects can take several weeks until the complete scenario with actors can be photographed. The most striking features of Sandy Skoglund's work are the overwhelming richness of detail and the use of very high-contrast or monochrome color schemes.

Well-known photographs of her are "Revenge of the Goldfish" and "Radioactive Cats". The latter picture shows over 20 clay cats, painted green, sitting in a gray kitchen. An elderly man sits in a chair with his back to the camera while his wife looks in the refrigerator.

Between 1973 and 1976 Skoglund was a professor at the University of Hartford . She is currently a lecturer in photography, art installation and multimedia at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography , Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art .


  • Marvin Heiferman: Sandy Skoglund: Raining Popcorn , Faulconer Gallery, 2001.
  • In the last hour: Sandy Skoglund: photographs and sculpture, 1979-1992 , catalog Fred Jones Jr.Museum of Art, 1992.
  • Michael Köhler , Zdenek Felix, Andreas Vowinckel: Constructed realities: the art of staged photography , Edition Stemmle, 1995.
  • Hans-Michael Koetzle: Photo Icons II, 1928-1991: The Story Behind the Pictures , Taschen, 2003.
  • Linda Muehlig: Sandy Skoglund , Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
  • Sylvia Wolf: Focus: Five Women Photographers: Julia Margaret Cameron, Margaret Bourke-White, Flor Garduño, Sandy Skoglund, Lorna Simpson , Albert Whitman & Co, 1994.

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Individual evidence

  1. No. 6: "Revenge of the Goldfish" (1981)
  2. No. 4: "Radioactive Cats" (1980)
  3. collection MOCP