Laurie Simmons, ‘Kaleidoscope House (Large)’, 2010, Maharam
Laurie Simmons, ‘Kaleidoscope House (Large)’, 2010, Maharam

Kaleidoscope House (Large) presents hundreds of slides of interiors from a modernist dollhouse, designed in 2000 by artist Laurie Simmons and architect Peter Wheelwright, exploring the artist's interest in depictions of childhood fantasies and domesticity.

Series: Maharam Digital Projects

Image rights: © 2010 Laurie Simmons, Maharam under license

About Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons’ engagement with non-human subjects ranges from her earlier works, in which she photographed miniature scenes of post-war domestic splendor, to her more recent use of life-size sex dolls that appear to be engaged in surprisingly believable activities. Endowing dolls, puppets, and ventriloquist dummies with a very human sense of longing and loneliness, Simmons creates psychologically astute critiques of women’s roles in their myriad incarnations from housewife to sex object. For the series “The Love Doll: Days 1-30” (2009-2011), Simmons transformed her home into a dollhouse and shot a series of photographs documenting the process of becoming acquainted with her custom-made Japanese “love doll”, with the doll appearing to feel increasingly at ease in her surroundings as the days passed.

American, b. 1949, Long Island, New York, based in New York, New York