Looking at the works that Sandy Skoglund, undisputed pioneer of the Staged Photography, produced since the '70s, it becomes possible to access a wonderful and disturbing world, where enchantment and anxiety, everyday life and fairy tales live harmoniously together. Trying to define her works can be really hard: are they sculptures, or installations, or photographs of installations and sculptures?
Nothing of what composes the image is manipulated with photoshop: on the contrary, everything appears for what it really is. The artist herself creates, detail after detail, the scenographies. Every element of the entire setting is a work of art by itself. After completing the set, she adds the different hand-made sculptures in clay and resin and then the human characters, achieving the idea of a total work of art.
"People often ask me why I didn't create my images by computer: it would change the meaning. Knowing that what we look at, is real, would change our perception of the image", stated the artist talking about her production.
Her photographs and her installations belong to the collections of the most important museums and institutions all over the world: Centre Pompidou, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Denver Museum, Getty Museum, Maison Européenne de la Photographie...
Moreover, the great anthological volume on Sandy Skoglund curated by Prof. Germano Celant is going to be pulbished soon. In the same time there will also be three important exhibitions to promote Sandy Skoglund's new and so long awaited work "Winter": one in Italy, one in Europe and one international.