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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Photo of the Week: Laurie Simmons

Photo of the Week: Laurie Simmons

Image: ©Laurie Simmons: The Love Doll/Day 24 (Underwater), 2010. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94.

Laurie Simmons

"In the fall of 2009, Simmons ordered a customized, high end Love Doll from Japan. The doll, designed as a surrogate sex partner, arrived in a crate, clothed in a transparent slip and accompanied by a separate box containing an engagement ring and female genitalia. Simmons began to document her photographic relationship with this human scale "girl". The resulting photographs depict the lifelike, latex doll in an ongoing series of "actions", shown and titled chronologically from the day Simmons received the doll, through to the present. The photos reveal the relationship Simmons develops with her model. The first days depict a somewhat formal and shy series of poses with an ever increasing familiarity and comfort level unveiled as time passes. A second doll arrived one year later. This new character, and the interaction between the two, reveal yet another dynamic in composition - both formally and psychologically." Courtesy of Salon 94.

Read our interview with the artist.

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