But they aren’t. Before computers made photo manipulation a relative breeze, Sandy Skoglund created amazingly detailed studio sets.

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

Source: mymodernmet.com