Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sandy Skoglund



Shown above: Radioactive Cats & Fox Games

The other day at work, my bright yellow cat avatar reminded me of this photo, which I adore. I hadn't seen it in quite some time and didn't really know much about the artist. After looking at her site I realized that she has an entire serious of surrealist images. I think she may have been inspired by the "horse of a different color".
hehe. I always felt bad for that horse cause you know the poor thing got spray painted about five times. By the time they were done, it probably turned brown like the Easter egg you try to dip in every color and then looked like a normal colored horse again.

About the artist:
Sandy Skoglund was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on September 11, 1946. Skoglund studied studio art and art history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1969 where she studied filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art. Skoglund moved to New York City in 1972, where she started working as a conceptual artist, dealing with repetitive, process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying. In the late seventies Skoglund’s desire to document conceptual ideas led her to teach herself photography. This developing interest in photographic technique became fused with her interest in popular culture and commercial picture making strategies, resulting in the directorial tableau work she is known for today. Skoglund currently lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. 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. She is currently teaching photography and art installation/multimedia at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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