Sandy Skoglund studied art history and fine arts at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she graduated after a year abroad at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, 1968. Then she went to the University of Iowa, where she studied film production, multimedia art and printmaking. In 1971, she earned her Master of Arts in 1972 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting.
After her studies Sandy Skoglund went as a conceptual artist in New York. She began to take photographs to document their artistic progress and because she was interested in the repetitive possibilities of this medium. In 1978 she made a series of repetitive style of life.
Sandy Skoglund was known for her surreal scenes, their trompe l'oeil effect and the very complex created Setbauten. The setting up and the color coordination of the furniture and other objects can take several weeks until finally the complete scenario can be recorded photographically with actors. Prominent feature of the work of Sandy Skoglund are the overwhelming wealth of detail and the use of high-contrast monochrome or color schemes.
One of her most famous photographs is, next to " Revenge of the Goldfish ," " Radioactive Cats". It shows about 20 green -painted clay cats who sit a gray -plan kitchen. An elderly man sitting on a chair with his back to the camera, while his wife looks in the fridge.
Between 1973 and 1976, Skoglund Professorien at the University of Hartford. She is currently a lecturer in photography, art installations and multimedia at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.