Laurie Simmons: How We See

Laurie Simmons: How we See

How We See is a photo series that challenges the role of femininity in society. Laurie Simmons work is focused on capturing still lives in domesticated spaces she creates by using cosmetics, baby dolls, anime characters to comment on gender binary roles in our western culture. However, in this series she steps out of her comfort zone and captures portraits of six young women to portray the “doll girl” image to represent the alterations women must make in order to meet that standard norm of beauty. Her color pallet was intriguing and grasped the attention of her audience. The vibrant colors and fabricated eyes on her subjects immediately interested me as a viewer to learn more about her work. Simmons creates a psychedelic effect using kaleidoscopic lighting and intricate cosmetic detail.

How We See

The make up applied eyes was an essential detail of her series because the eyes are understood to be the passageway to ones soul and how one can see your true self. Perhaps Laurie Simmons is purposely using make up to create artificial eyes to comment on how distorted and fabricated beauty has become. Although I thought it was an effective approach to choose woman around the same age it would more interesting to see the result of a selection of women that varied in age. Perhaps Simmons intention was to capture women at during their adolescent years to express how desirable eternal youth is in society. However, if Simmons would have selected that women varied in age it would have visualized the fear of aging and the effort women make by alter them cosmetically and physically in attempt to relive their peak again.

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