Laurie Simmons's Biography
Laurie Simmons is an American photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad. She was born in 1949 in Long Island, New York. From an early age, Simmons was interested in the visual arts, and began exploring photography and video in her teens. In the 1970s, Simmons began to produce staged photographs of everyday objects and situations. This work explored themes of identity and gender, and was often presented in the context of surrealism. Her works often feature dolls and mannequins, which she has described as surrogates for her own experience. In the 1980s, Simmons began to produce large-scale projects, such as the series Walking Objects, which focused on the relationship between objects and the body. She also began to experiment with filmmaking, producing the short film “The Music of Regret” in 2006. Simmons' work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has also exhibited at galleries in Europe, Asia, and Australia.