How We See
How We See by Laurie Simmons. First edition (2018). This one in an edition of 100 hand numbered and signed copies. Large format hardback in new condition the book is signed to the rear boards on a tipped in plate. Comes with a signed and also numbered 11″ x 14″ (28 x 36 cm) exhibition quality print. No markings. both book and print are in as new condition. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About How We See
“How We See draw upon the “Doll Girls” subculture, women who alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and Japanese Anime characters through make-up, dress, and even cosmetic surgery. Simmons’ images call to mind high school portraits, featuring fashion models posed in front of a curtained backdrop, cropped from the shoulders up. Prismatic lighting and small, surprising details in the models’ clothing lends these otherwise banal images a psychedelic effect, which is exaggerated by each girl’s preternaturally large, sparkling eyes. They stare out at the viewer with an uncanny, alien gaze, created by lavishly painting eyes onto the models’ closed eyelids—a technique drawn from the “Doll Girls” community.
In How We See, Simmons goes beyond the disturbing questions raised by the “Doll Girls” community to explore notions of beauty, identity, and persona.” – The Jewish Museum