Dreamy Photography by Sandy Skoglund

Radioactive Cats © Sandy Skoglund
Radioactive Cats © Sandy Skoglund

When I remember my dreams, they look a lot like the photography of Sandy Skoglund. Skoglund has been installing and documenting her conceptual ideas for four decades. Although her work mixes nature and artifice, it does so without the use of Photoshop. In a 2008 interview, she explains the symbiosis of the the two realities: “A world without artificial enhancement is unimaginable, and harshly limited to raw nature by itself without human intervention.”

The Sock Situation © Sandy Skoglund
The Sock Situation © Sandy Skoglund

Skoglund uses common forms like socks (above) food, and animals to relate to the viewer. Many of my favorites from within her expansive archives feature cats, foxes and dogs that have been sculpted and painted. She says: “The animal presence to me is the link between ourselves and the natural world. You look at a dog, and the dog looks back at us. During that moment, we know that we’re not the only consciousness in the universe.”

Fox Games © Sandy Skoglund
Fox Games © Sandy Skoglund

When asked how our increasingly digital world affects her concepts and procures, Skoglund responded: “Digital media is the means and not the end. The end is still the same: to make each other more comfortable in a world that does not make much sense. And we make each other feel more comfortable by sharing our discomfort.”

Here here to that! Click through for more of Sandy Skoglund’s colorful photos. Then go click around her website until it’s dark outside and you don’t know where the day went.

The Green House colorful art
The Green House © Sandy Skoglund
Picnic on Wine colorful art
Picnic on Wine © Sandy Skoglund
Cats in Paris colorful art
Cats in Paris © Sandy Skoglund
The Cold War art
The Cold War © Sandy Skoglund
Fox Games art
Fox Games © Sandy Skoglund
Sound of Food photograph
Sound of Food © Sandy Skoglund

[Hat tip to Sweet Station]