Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches
Skoglund studied art history and studio art at Smith College, and art history at the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre. She graduated from the University of Iowa with M.A. and M.F.A degrees. She began her career as a conceptual artist in New York, teaching herself photography. Her works have been called quirky and idiosyncratic. Andy Grundberg wrote in the New York Times, “they evoke adult fears in a playful, childlike context.”
“Life after Death” a large format acrylic painting rare in her oeuvre, is related to her 1986 photographic series “True Fiction,” discontinued when Kodak canceled production of the dye transfers used in the original printing. These works subscribe to her art-directed approach using high color and surreal—even impossible—elements reminiscent of David LaChapelle and Cindy Sherman.
Smith College, Museum of Art, Sandy Skoglund/Reality Under Seige, 1986, # 21
Sharpe Gallery, New York, no. 740, 1987
Kulchur Queen Collection (Lita Hornick), 2008
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Denver Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Dayton Art Institute.