Laurie Simmons, ‘Walking Petit Four’, 1990-1991, Independent Curators International (ICI)

An edition created in support of ICI in 1990, this work is part of Laurie Simmons’ larger “Walking Objects” series. It hits on numerous themes found throughout Simmons’ entire career, most notably the “willfully ambiguous interplay” between inanimate objects, figures, and real-life backgrounds.

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