Laurie Simmons: The Love Doll
Dashwood Books – January 16th, 2013
Entering the crowded Dashwood Books under the first floor, I almost felt like I had stumbled into cocktail party. Artist Laurie Simmons–surrounded by family, friends and fans–sat in the back corner of the store signing copies of her newest book: The Love Doll. Simmons's daughter, Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham, stood opposite catching up with old friends and playing with her new dog, Lamby. The room buzzed with chatter from artists and art enthusiasts who had come to support Simmons and her new project.
The Love Doll features two lifelike sex dolls from a Japanese factory, posed around Simmons’s Connecticut estate: climbing a wall, lounging around, and diving into a swimming pool. The Love Doll documents the human relationship between Simmons and her subject. Simmons makes her doll’s look and feel as a living, breathing human beings.