"Café of the Inner Mind: Dark Café" (1994)

"Café of the Inner Mind: Dark Café," 1994
Cibachrome print, 35 x 53 inches.
© Laurie Simmons, courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.

"The ventriloquist and the dummy...They’re like brothers. They’re like friends. They’re like foils. They’re like enemies. The dummy is such a metaphor for lying and telling the truth. The way the ventriloquist is able to say whatever he or she wants to say, through this other character. You don’t have to take responsibility for anything that you’re saying because the dummy said it or the dummy did it. It made me think about a lot of things, from news-casting to public speakers to politicians to friends."

- Laurie Simmons