Incredibly Elaborate Non-Photoshopped Scenes

FOX GAMES © 1989 Sandy Skoglund

Decades before Photoshop was available, American artist Sandy Skoglund started creating surrealist images by building incredibly elaborate sets, a process which took months to complete. Her works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.

Born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1946, Skoglund studied studio art and art history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1964-1968. Moving to New York City in 1972, she started working as a conceptual artist, dealing with repetitive, process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying. In 1978, she produced a series of repetitious food item still life images.

Skoglund was an art professor at the University of Hartford between 1973-1976. She is currently teaching photography and art installation/multimedia at Rutgers University in New Jersey.


REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH © 1981 Sandy Skoglund


THE COCKTAIL PARTY © 1992 Sandy Skoglund


RAINING POPCORN © 2001 Sandy Skoglund


A BREEZE AT WORK © 1987 Sandy Skoglund


THE GREEN HOUSE © 1990 Sandy Skoglund


SQUIRRELS AT THE DRIVE-IN © 1991 Sandy Skoglund


BREATHING GLASS © 2000 Sandy Skoglund


GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE © 1984 Sandy Skoglund


RADIOACTIVE CATS © 1980 Sandy Skoglund


BODY LIMITS © 1992 Sandy Skoglund


ATOMIC LOVE © 1992 Sandy Skoglund


CATS IN PARIS © 1993 Sandy Skoglund


THE COLD WAR © 1999 Sandy Skoglund


GATHERING PARADISE © 1991 Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund's website

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Comment by Elnaz Sadeghi on December 2, 2011 at 8:42pm

absolutely incredible, i love her work.

Comment by Sam Flowers on December 2, 2011 at 3:12pm

Not much to say except 'Wow'!

Comment by Annie on November 29, 2011 at 9:04am
Unbelievable! These are insane!
Comment by Fernando Colaço on November 26, 2011 at 2:52am

Incredible work. real photography.

Comment by Claire on November 23, 2011 at 5:43am

Wow I love these!

Comment by sAm on November 21, 2011 at 1:37pm

Mind blowing!!!

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