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

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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.

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REVENGE OF THE GOLDFISH © 1981 Sandy Skoglund

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THE COCKTAIL PARTY © 1992 Sandy Skoglund

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RAINING POPCORN © 2001 Sandy Skoglund

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A BREEZE AT WORK © 1987 Sandy Skoglund

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THE GREEN HOUSE © 1990 Sandy Skoglund

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SQUIRRELS AT THE DRIVE-IN © 1991 Sandy Skoglund

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BREATHING GLASS © 2000 Sandy Skoglund

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GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE © 1984 Sandy Skoglund

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RADIOACTIVE CATS © 1980 Sandy Skoglund

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BODY LIMITS © 1992 Sandy Skoglund

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ATOMIC LOVE © 1992 Sandy Skoglund

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CATS IN PARIS © 1993 Sandy Skoglund

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THE COLD WAR © 1999 Sandy Skoglund

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Source: mymodernmet.com