"You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people."
"The ventriloquist dummies came out of a time when I was tired of photographing dolls and female characters and I wanted to introduce a male character. Of course I didn’t want to use a real human male because that’s not what I do. And I tried to think of the way that men have been portrayed. Store mannequins didn’t interest me. And then I thought about ventriloquists and dummies."
- Laurie Simmons