Sandy Skoglund

(Quincy, Massachusetts, 1946 - )

North America, American

Sandy Skoglund studied art and art history at Smith College and received an MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 1972. There she also studied filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art. After graduating, Skoglund moved to New York City, where she became engaged with conceptual art, focusing on what she describes as “repetitive, process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying.” Her interest in documenting her conceptual work motivated Skoglund to teach herself photography. As a result, she began creating life-size stage sets, which feature in the large-scale photographs that have brought her renown. These installations bring together unlikely combinations of objects or objects and figures to create “a marginal precinct in which the mundane is made extraordinary.”

Skoglund’s work has been featured in many one-person exhibitions including installations at the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College in Iowa; Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Her works are included in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and The Saint Louis Art Museum.

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