Laurie Simmons, ‘Walking Cake (color)’, 1989, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015

Laurie Simmons’s staged photographs offer sharp critiques of the stereotypically oppressive, gendered role of women in American society. Walking Cake (color) is part of the series “Food, Shelter, Clothing” in which female figures take on the surrealistic forms of traditional domestic accoutrements. Simmons has exhibited internationally, and her work is in many prominent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

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