The Secret Life of a Love Doll
Famed artist and photographer Laurie Simmons boasts an impressive career spanning over three decades. She's shown at some of the world's top art institutions and galleries, and appeared on art world popular PBS television series Art 21. She also happens to be the the proud mother of promising young filmmaker Lena Dunham, the 24-year-old director of last year's indie hit Tiny Furniture.
Simmons' latest venture? The documentation of the daily life of a high-end Japanese sex doll, a new series entitled The Love Doll: Days 1-30.
Sound cukoo? That's cuz it kinda is. For one month, Simmons engaged in a sort of "relationship"—come on, not that kind of relationship—with a surrogate sex partner, who arrived in a packaging crate, donning a transparent slip and an engagement ring (plus complete female genitalia).
Simmons tells the WSJ:
"It's kind of like my dream come true to have a life-size doll. But really my dream come true would be to have a life-size doll that I could move around the same way I could move a six-inch doll—the same mobility and plasticity."
Simmons is no stranger to dolls- she's built a career staging photographic scenes with dolls and ventriloquist dummies, inferring some pretty heavy psychological subtexts.
The show will be up through March 26th at Salon 94, NYC.
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