Laurie Simmons (b. 1949) is one of the leading figures in contemporary conceptual photography.  

Since the mid-70s, Simmons has created elaborate scenes with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins and occasionally people, to create photographs that reference or subvert domestic scenes or literary episodes. The images touch upon psychological, political or conceptual themes - especially in term of how women are treated within different social realms. 

In this work a doll is crushed by the book "Fishin' Jimmy" published in 1889 by Annie Trumble Slosson. The short book depicts the life of Jimmy, a fisherman admired for his relationship with the natural world and for his kindness to animals and children.

From her early photographs of dolls acting like humans, to more recent explorations of humans who resemble dolls, Laurie Simmons has spent her career blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy.  Since the early 1980's Simmons has been at the forefront of the New York City art scene that re-appropriated media and visual culture to comment on society. This is an important early work from her highly influential practice.  

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Iris print

21"W 14.25"H (image)

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso 

Very good condition 

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