Laurie Simmons' 'How We See': A Deeper Look at Young Women and Narcissism
In Laurie Simmons' new exhibit 'How We See' at The Jewish Museum, Simmons once again explores women and their obsession with transformation and identity. For this particular series, Simmons delves into the 'Doll Girls' subculture where participants physically modify their appearances through makeup, clothing, and even cosmetic surgery to resemble Barbie dolls, Japanese anime characters, etc Simmons presents several portraits of fashion models dressed in chic Rachel Antonoff pieces, which resemble high school yearbook photos. The subjects are wearing heavily made up eyes, and look at the camera through closed eye lids, thus producing an eerie gaze. On a deeper level, How We See speaks to the internet age young women are so steeped in and their deep-rooted obsession with social media. A staple in contemporary daily life which serves as a platform where millenials can indulge their narcissism and present false 'perfect' versions of themselves. 'How We See' is on view at The Jewish Museum through August 9, 2015.