Play with Me – When artists are working with sex dolls

From inflatable dolls to modern sex dolls, ultra-realistic and robotic, artists have long realized that these objects of pleasure are reflecting a part of the collective unconscious of our societies. With her book Play with Me: Dolls, Women and Art, journalist Grace Banks has decided to document how artists use these sex dolls to explore the place of women in our culture. Between objectification, gender and caricature of the female body, these dolls for adults trigger a real ethical and political debate, which contemporary artists seek to dissect.

In her book, Grace Banks gathers the work and interviews of 40 artists, centered on the use of these dolls but also on the representation of women in the visual culture. The book Play with Me: Dolls, Women and Art is available on the website of publisher Laurence King.

Fake Girl with Fake Pearl | photo by Stacy Leigh (2015)
Pandemonia – Balloon Saloon | Photo: Simon Cave
Stacy Leigh – Average Americans that Happen to be Sex Dolls, series 2014 | Courtesy of Stacy Leigh
Laurie Simmons – Underwater from Love Doll series 2010 | Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York © Laurie Simmons
Stacy Leigh – Average Americans that Happen to be Sex Dolls, series 2014 | Courtesy of Stacy Leigh
Valentine 4 | photo by Elena Dorfman (2001)
Martine Gutierrez – Real Dolls series 2013 | © Martine Gutierrez. Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee, New York
Stacy Leigh – Average Humans (that happen to be sex dolls) | Photo courtesy of Stacy Leigh
Stacy Leigh – Average Americans that Happen to be Sex Dolls, series 2014 | Courtesy of Stacy Leigh
Kezban Arca Batibeki – Galata Tower 2014 | © Kezban Arca Batibeki
Stacy Leigh – Average Americans that Happen to be Sex Dolls, series 2014 | Courtesy of Stacy Leigh
Pandemonia – New York Taxi | Photo: Simon Cave
Laurie Simmons – Meeting from Love Doll series 2011 | Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York © Laurie Simmons
Images © Grace Banks / Laurence King (respective photographers)source

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