Laurie Simmons (1949 – Present)
Laurie Simmons works in both photography and film. She creates pieces with dolls, puppets, ventriloquist dummies, and people dressed up as “living objects.” Simmons states that she seeks to “stop time, and start time” with her work. Upon closer inspection, her seemingly whimsical doll photographs reveal important critiques about objectification and identity struggle. Simmons brought her photographs to life in her first film, “The Music of Regret” (2006), and continued to branch out into the film genre from there. Her work contains childhood dreamlike qualities while ultimately grappling with conceptually adult issues.
She currently lives and works in New York City.