Sandy Skoglund: Parallel Thinking, 1986
a colorful collage of a domestic scene with person cooking in foreground
Sandy Skoglund
Parallel Thinking, 1986
Dye transfer print, 13 ¾ x 21 ⅝ inches


Sandy Skoglund’s Parallel Thinking is set, like much of her work, in a kitchen. Based on the logic that everyone eats, she has developed her own universal language around food, bright colors, and patterns to connect with her audience. Her photographs are influenced by Surrealism, a twentieth-century movement that often combined collaged images to create new and thought-provoking scenes.


Sandy Skoglund was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1946. She began her art practice in 1972 in New York City, where she experimented with Conceptualism, an art movement that dictated that the “idea” or “concept” of the artwork was more important than the art object itself. Her interest in Conceptualism led her to photography, which allowed her to document her ideas. Skoglund is known for her large format Cibachromes, a photographic process that results in bright color and exact image clarity. Her process is unique and painstaking: she often spends months constructing her elaborate and colorful sets, then photographs them, resulting in a photographic scene that is at once humorous and unsettling.