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, journalistGrace 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.