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Skoglund questions -Reply

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Marlin Murdock (MMurdock)
Wed, 06 Mar 1996 13:14:35 -0800


Below is a transcription of Sandy Skoglund's responses to your
questions:

1. Why Cheetos and not Fritos?
They are not Cheetos by Frito Lay (I think); they are Cheez Doodles by
Wise. Wise is a northeastern company. People in the midwest may not
have seen Cheez Doodles as much as we have here on the east coast.
Fritos would be a different idea for me, it would be a different shape and
color. I did try barbecue potato chips and Doritos corn chips as well as
Cheez Doodles. I like the way the Cheez Doodles look more than the
others.

2. How did you construct your work? Did you have assistants?
Yes, I do use assistants. The number of assistants varies depending on
the type of work that needs to be done. Sometimes I?ve had as many as
eight assistants and sometimes none. I don?t use assistants on a regular
basis, I only use them on a project basis.

3. What tools did you use?
Glue guns, saws -- it is relatively low tech. I don?t have a lot of high end
construction equipment. We took the Cheez Doodles and glued them
onto plywood panels that were cut up into squares. The Cheez Doodles
were laid onto a bed of epoxy resin. Usually the type that I use sets in
24 hours. It is a lot fun even though there is a lot of tediousness to it. I
try to make the processes as enjoyable as possible. Once the panels
are dry, we put them up on the wall. That?s how the walls get covered
with Cheez Doodles. The floor was the same thing. The models actually
walked in on top of the Cheez Doodles. We made a bubble rap pathway
that they could walk on. The Cheez Doodles had to be hot glued onto the
clothing. The furniture was bought from used furniture places in New
York and New Jersey, Salvation Army in particular -- mainly found
objects.

4. What inspired you to create this?
The Cheez Doodle itself. Looking at their shape, color, and texture was
in itself inspiring. I just thought they were insane creations. The sort of
ultimate in synthetic food.

5. How will you preserve this work?
With a thin layer of epoxy resin painted on the Cheez Doodles with a
brush.

6. How long did it take you to complete this installation?
About four months to complete the piece.

7. How old were you when you first decided to become an artist?
I was in college and I was 22 when I definitely wanted to be an artist and
could even understand what that could be.

>>> Sandra Ehlers <sehlers.ne.us> 02/28/96
02:02pm >>>
I am inquiring on behalf of my middle school students. They have
questions regarding "The Cocktail Party."

1. Why Cheetos and not Fritos?
2. How did you construct your work? Did you have assistants?
3. What tools did you use?
4. What inspired you to create this?
5. How will you preserve this work?
6. How long did it take you to complete this installation?
7. How old were you when you first decided to become an artist?

Thanks! Shannon and Libby

sandra ehlers*minden*schools*@courier.esu11.k12.ne.