LAURIE SIMMONS: HOW WE SEE
Is our desire for perfection worth the sacrifice?
by Ellie Howard
Not an artist to shy away from controversy; Laurie Simmons probes into the darker aspects of Internet culture and the control it exerts over modern society. Holding a mirror to our obsession with self-perception and identity, Simmons asks: is our desire for perfection worth the sacrifice?
In the artist’s recent body of work "How We See", Simmons draws upon the online “Doll Girl” culture, a community of people who alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and Japanese anime characters through make-up, dress, and even cosmetic surgery.
Photographed against acidic bubble-gum backdrops; a succession of
By photographing these young models and trans-women together, Simmon highlights the problems of self-worth and identity that govern our fragile society. In a world over-saturated by imagery and peppered with unrealistic expectations, we continually edit every facet of our own image. “How We See” is a troubling reminder of our self-delusion and painful awareness of self, as facilitated by social media. Simmons reflects on society’s quest for perfection, asking what happens when