Sandy Skoglund (1946- )

Revenge of the Goldfish © 1981 Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1946. Skoglund studied studio art and art history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1964-68. She went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1969 where she studied filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art, receiving her M.A. in 1971 and her M.F.A. in painting in 1972.

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.


4 thoughts on “Sandy Skoglund (1946- )

  1. I first saw Sandy Skoglund in the first photography class I had ever taken outside of high school. I always thought that this was the ultimate fine art. There is so much detail it’s almost overwhelming when you start looking at all of the intricate detail of the images. Revenge of the Goldfish is just such a clever name not to mention the time spent to develop the sculpture. Sandy’s images leaves the viewer feeling like you are looking a real Dr. Suess story.

  2. The bold use of complimentary colors is incredibly graphic in nature. I love all the different textures as the same color. The set reminds me a little of a haunting version of Dr. Seuss.

  3. I love the playfulness that comes with her work. Very bold colors, that could take a very drastic turn conceptually if any of the items in her photo would be removed. So, I love how everything in her photos have a specific purpose.

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