Ever since #photography gained popularity in the early 20th century, practitioners have capitalized on its expressive capacity, creating #photographs that challenge ordinary perception and bend the rules of reality. Beginning in the 1970s, #SandySkoglund has created imaginative and detailed #constructed scenes and landscapes, removed from reality while using elements that the viewer will find familiar. As a #mixedmedia #artist merging #sculpture with #stagedphotography she gained notoriety in the art world by creating her unique aesthetic. Her method of combining sculpture, painting, and installations established #Skoglund as a major name in #conceptualphotography
Produced in 2001, just before the September 11 attacks, Raining Popcorn references the complex roots of #American contemporary culture and overconsumption. The unifying subject throughout the piece is popcorn, so pronounced and repetitive it replaces nature. The #popcorn becomes an all-encompassing reality, lining the walls, the floors, the subjects, and alas growing from trees. This obsessive environment constructed by Skoglund derives from the artist's desire to combine sculptures of animals, live humans, and nature into a space that involves thought and play, as part research and part recreation.
The abundance of Popcorn acts as a reflection of the cultural environment, being noisy, excessive, universal, and part of popular culture. Currently, Americans eat 13 billion quarts of Popcorn a year, produced mostly in the heartland of America, from #Illinois to #Ohio The piece is a response to memories and experiences Skoglund felt as a graduate student in #Iowa
The painstakingly handcrafted quality of the endless popcorn creates a #fantasy landscape, one that raises questions about climate issues and our surrounding environment, as well as fantasy and reality. In Raining Popcorn, Skoglund's objects and composite staging have a base in truth; they are not a product of photoshop or digital manipulation.
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