Selected Works

Born and raised in Long Island, New York,  photographer Laurie Simmons’ body of work creates focus on inanimate objects, such as dolls or furniture, in which she challenges the viewers’ sense of power, giving the inanimate objects life and the ability to return the gaze, challenging objectification. Simmons’ work can be seen as defying male traditions of viewing in the way through borrowing from established modes of representation and subverting them.

Simmons’s work blends psychological, political, and conceptual approaches to art making—transforming photography’s propensity to objectify people, especially women, into a sustained critique of the medium. Mining childhood memories and media constructions of gender roles, her photographs are charged with an eerie, dreamlike quality. Simmons continues to be a create and gain popularity with already 6 major exhibitions under her belt at Moma, New York (2006); Baltimore Museum of Art (1997); San Jose Museum of Art, California (1990); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1987); and the Whitney Biennial exhibitions (1985, 1991).