Image: Revenge of the Goldfish
(Quincy, Massachusetts, 1946 - )

Revenge of the Goldfish , 1981

Cibachrome print
27 7/8 in. x 35 1/2 in. (70.8 cm x 90.17 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund
Skoglund is deeply interested in the presence of artificiality and fiction in our daily lives. “Stories, no matter how short or long, are an invisible way that we try to understand the world and our lives,” she says. Animal forms in her vibrant, dream-like images often symbolize nature or human emotions. In the artist’s words, the scenario in Revenge of the Goldfishis “vague and multifaceted, depending to a large extent on the mentality of the spectator.” Skoglund’s arduous process was developed well before the photo-editing software Photoshop existed. To create 'Revenge of the Goldfish,' she crafted and painted 120 terracotta fish, constructed a life-size set, and directed human models—all specifically for the lens of her stationary large-format film camera.

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