Play With Me: Grace Banks Documents How Artists Use Dolls To Explore Politics And Gender Issues

In Play With Me: Dolls, Women and Art, journalist Grace Banks explores the work of 40 artists who are united by their shared use of doll-like forms to explore and subvert the representation of women in visual culture.
Artists are increasingly using doll-like human effigies to explore politics and gender in contemporary culture, ranging from radical statement to sophisticated critique. Play with Me showcases this appeal of animating the inanimate as well as fascinating ideas that dolls bring to life, from the way female forms have been objectified to the way dolls generate ethical and political debate to the way they represent the self. Unlike sculptures, dolls offer a living and open construct of the human figure. And artists are reacting to this human form in a manner thatʼs never been seen before, constituting an exciting new direction in contemporary art.
Grace Banks is a writer and editor on the many facets of popular culture. She is particularly interested in issues affecting women and the intersection between politics, women and culture. Among the magazines and newspapers to which she contributes are Time Out, Interview Magazine, New York Times, The Guardian, Vice News and InStyle.

Play With Me: Grace Banks documents how artists use dolls to explore politics and gender issues
Pandemonia – New York Taxi – Photo: Simon Cave
Play With Me: Grace Banks documents how artists use dolls to explore politics and gender issues
Pandemonia – Balloon Saloon, New York 2015 – Photo: Simon Cave
Play With Me: Grace Banks documents how artists use dolls to explore politics and gender issues
Martine Gutierrez – Real Dolls Series 2013 – © Martine Gutierrez, Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee, New York
Play With Me: Grace Banks documents how artists use dolls to explore politics and gender issues
Stacy Leigh – Average Americans that Happen to be Sex Dolls, series 2014 – Courtesy of Stacy Leigh
Play With Me: Grace Banks documents how artists use dolls to explore politics and gender issues
Stacy Leigh – Average Americans that Happen to be Sex Dolls, series 2014 – Courtesy of Stacy Leigh

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