Patients and Nurses

May 16, 2015
New Jersey, USA

Patients and nurses (1982) by Sandy Skoglund.

Sandy Skoglund (born September 11, 1946) is an American photographer and installation artist.

Skoglund creates surrealist images by building elaborate sets or tableaux, furnishing them with carefully selected colored furniture and other objects, a process of which takes her months to complete.

Finally, she photographs the set, mostly including live models. The works are characterized by an overwhelming amount of one object and either bright, contrasting colors or a monochromatic color scheme.

In 1972, Skoglund began working as a conceptual artist in New York City.

She became interested in teaching herself photography to document her artistic endeavors, and experimenting with themes of repetition.

She was interested in dealing with repetitive, process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying.

In 1978, she had produced a series of repetitious food item still life images. Skoglund’s works are quirky and idiosyncratic, and as former photography critic for The New York Times Andy Grundberg describes, they “evoke adult fears in a playful, childlike context”.


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