[T]he construction (and deconstruction) of women’s bodies is almost impossible to not consume on a day-to-day basis, whether scrawling through your Insta-feed or looking at the latest fashion advertorial. How real are these women though? Who is the creator of these images? And are we now being reduced to mere objects for digi-times? Play With Me: Dolls, Women and Art by Grace Banks is the first in-depth survey exploring the ways in which contemporary artists use dolls, 3D sculpting and robotics to represent the female form; from ‘Dutch Renaissance’ style portraits of silicone sex dolls in everyday settings to controversial animatronic artwork.
Set out in four chapters – Blow-Up, Muse, Female Gaze and Cyborg – Play With Me dissects one of the most contentious topics of our post-internet age. Through sex dolls, mannequins, CGI and more “artists are reclaiming the ownership of the female body from the pervasive male-defined tropes,” according to Banks. See a series of images from book Play With Me: Dolls, Women and Art below, follow Grace here and buy the book, published by Laurence King, right here.