Sur­real dolls

Stacy Leigh’s sex dolls defy their pur­pose

Esquire (UK) - - Culture -

In her 2014 photo series Av­er­age Amer­i­cans (Who Just Hap­pen To Be Sex/

Love Dolls), for­mer New York stock­bro­ker Stacy Leigh used as her mod­els

RealDolls, the life­size man­nequins pro­duced by Cal­i­for­nia’s Abyss

Cre­ations, but not in the way their mak­ers per­haps in­tended. In Leigh’s im­ages, in­cluded in a new book, Play

with Me: Dolls, Women and Art, that also fea­tures work by artists Lau­rie Sim­mons and Jor­dan Wolf­son, the dolls live their own lives: sip­ping so­das, mod­el­ling high-fash­ion, read­ing trashy nov­els in bed and, er, recre­at­ing The Last Sup­per. Given that Abyss Cre­ations are now test­ing pro­to­types of in­ter­ac­tive sex robots, their own (quite lit­er­ally) mind­less re­al­ity TV show can’t be far away.

— Play with Me: Dolls, Women and Art by Grace Banks is pub­lished on 18 Septem­ber (Lau­rence King)

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