Laurie Simmons: Photography, Film and Lena Dunham

We visit the American artist in her New York studio

In her photography work, artist Laurie Simmons explores the role of women in society by placing miniature and doll-like figures in confined domestic settings.

Her sharp yet lifeless characters questioned women’s restricted occupation of family-friendly spaces in culture and art even still in the 1970s. As a filmmaker Simmons has continued to explore the themes of gender representation through intense and heightened personas.

In this TateShots she talks about how her appearance in daughter Lena Dunham’s debut film ‘Tiny Furniture’ prompted her into directing her own feature film which puts a more realistic depiction of an artist at it’s centre.

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