Best known for her works in photography and film, Laurie Simmons, received a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a member of the Pictures Generation, Simmons worked with fellow photographers Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, and Louise Lawler. She currently works and resides in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut.
Reoccurring motifs in her works include children’s dolls, ventriloquist dummies, dollhouse furniture, cowboy figurines, and Japanese dolls frequently depicted in domestic interiors. She is interested in gender roles in society and depictions of femininity in consumer culture.
The first solo exhibition of Simmons’ art took place at Artists Space in New York City in 1979. From there she has gone on to exhibit at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and Metro Pictures Gallery in New York, New York. Retrospectives of her work have been held at The Neues Museum in Nuremberg, Germany; The Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland; and San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California.