December 5, 2011

sandy skoglund: ultimate sanity

the following images are used with the express permission of the artist sandy skoglund. all images are copyrighted by sandy skoglund.

fresh hybrid 2008 © sandy skoglund

fresh hybrid details © sandy skoglund

shimmering madness 1998 © sandy skoglund

the wedding 1994 © sandy skoglund

the green house 1990 © sandy skoglund

the cocktail party 1992 © sandy skoglund

gathering paradise 1991 © sandy skoglund

revenge of the goldfish 1981 © sandy skoglund

walking on eggshells 1997 © sandy skoglund

hangers 1979 © sandy skoglund

radioactive cats 1980 © sandy skoglund

fox games 1989 © sandy skoglund

fox games 1989 (re-installed denver art museum 2009) © sandy skoglund
courtesy of denver art museum

germs are everywhere 1984 © sandy skoglund

"the interesting thing for me is the ultimate sanity of allowing yourself to behave insanely" sandy skoglund

sandy skoglund was born in weymouth, 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.

many thanks to sandy skoglund for permission and encouragement, and to tom of skoglund studio for his assistance on this project.