Laurie Simmons, ‘New Bathroom Plan’, 1979, Salon 94

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Women in Colour, Rubber Factory, New York
2017
Dreamers Awake, White Cube, London
2015
Black or White, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
2014
The Thing Itself, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2014

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Women in Colour, Rubber Factory, New York
2017
Dreamers Awake, White Cube, London
2015
Black or White, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd., New York
2014
The Thing Itself, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2014
Photography, Joseph K. Levene Fine Art, Ltd.
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