lau­rie sim­mons

Con­cep­tual play­maker

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Amer­i­can artist and film­maker Lau­rie Sim­mons grew up in sub­ur­ban New York, im­mersed in day­time TV. ‘You name it,’ she told us, ‘I watched it. I have a TV brain.’ She is also the girl who never stopped play­ing with dolls; from the mid-1970s, she be­gan pho­tograph­ing them in var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions, mov­ing to in­creas­ingly am­bi­tious set­tings. In 2009 she com­mis­sioned a spe­cially adapted life-sized sex doll from Ja­pan, tak­ing her work to a spooky new level of re­al­ism.

For us, she cre­ated a 16-page ex­trav­a­ganza of jelly­bean-scat­tered images from her own work and by artists she ad­mires, among them her hus­band Car­roll Dunham, Sarah Charlesworth and Jimmy De­sana, in­spired by Bill Evans’ 1963 jazz al­bum, Con­ver­sa­tions With My­self.

Sim­mons’ most re­cent work, My Art, is her de­but fea­ture film, a comic tale in which she plays a frustrated artist called Ellie Shine, who dis­plays the same fear­less spirit as Sim­mons her­self.

Along­side works by se­lected artists, Sim­mons’ pages in­cluded her own pho­to­graphs fea­tur­ing the Love Doll she bought in Tokyo in 2009, such as Wes Gor­don Rev­ersible Clutch Coat, Fall 2013, on Love Doll with Brie Ruais Sculp­ture, 2013, seen here on the cover

Top, self-por­trait in Sim­mons’ stu­dio

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