"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"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