Sandy Skoglund studied studio art and art history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa where she studied filmmaking, intaglio printmaking, and multimedia art, receiving her M.A. and her M.F.A. in painting.
Skoglund moved to New York City in 1972, where she started working as a conceptual artist, dealing with repetitive, process-oriented art production through the techniques of mark-making and photocopying. In the late seventies Skoglund”s desire to document conceptual ideas led her to teach herself photography. This developing interest in photographic technique became fused with her interest in popular culture and commercial picture making strategies, resulting in the directorial tableau work she is known for today.
Images: Palm Trees In Suspense © 1986 Sandy Skoglund, Parallel Thinking © 1986 Sandy Skoglund