My sixth grade art teacher had this image posted to the door of our art room.
Radioactive Cats 1979-1984. Sandy Skoglund
I feel like this image has lived, partially submerged, in my subconscious, for the past fourteen years.
What recalled it? It turns out the artist, Sandy Skoglund attended the University of Iowa as well. In my job as a print archivist I stumbled across the portrait/self-portrait etching she made while here. (Of course, once I linked the two images together I got un-neccasarily excited and emailed my middle school art teacher and art friends. Turns out, the poster is still kicking around at CLarence Middle School and has recently been re-hung!)
Sorry but I don’t feel confortable posting the actual etching on the interwebs. The University of Iowa has some pretty protective copy right policies and I always follow the rules.
Has anyone else stumbled across this same sort of past image deja vu? Has any artist impacted you in a similar way? One of my close friends from sixth grade remembers seeing this image and realizing that art didn’t just have to be on paper, it could take up an entire room. Flashforward to 2012 and both of us are using our traditional craft and fine art backgrounds to make installations.
Check out Sandy Skoglund’s website to see more of her installations!
Revenge of the Goldfish is one of my new personal favorites.