Stacy Leigh is an American artist who has been fascinated by dolls for her entire life. As a kid, she used to make clothes for them. Once being gifted a camera by her mother, Leigh started taking pictures of her dolls in scenes of meager surroundings. After all the vicissitudes of life and changing a couple careers, Stacy went back to her hobby. Once seen a life size love doll on an HBO segment, she started dreaming about buying one. Somehow she realized they meant more than mere sexual subjects in this technological era where people easily get frustrated and turn to surrogate relationships in an attempt to escape from depressing feelings and trick their own mind.

 

Sex Dolls Taking Over

Stacy purchased her first doll in 2004. One year after, she began working on series called Average Americans. “Something weird happens when you see a hyper realistic, life size doll in person or in a photo.”, says Stacy. “It’s all about being so alive and still at the same time. “Maybe for some it’s just too creepy… I don’t know but I do know that with technology taking over, there are people who are very lonely. And that empathy we eventually feel for an object that so closely resembles humanity, can easily transform into a relationship,”

These hyper-human sex dolls are called to portrait a disturbing picture of average Americans. Stacy says she knows about them firsthand. “I was born and raised in New York. I had a pretty typical American existence for someone who grew up poor in the city,” she tells. “My mother was an alcoholic, substance abuser, and my grandma was more of a mother to me than my own mom was. In Brooklyn as a youth, I got into trouble… clubs, drugs… I did my thing. Eventually, I grew up, worked on Wall Street, and got married. I guess I use the dolls as a vessel to tell my story. I portray what I know. I am an average American.”

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Human, All Too Human

The whole series is a good metaphor for describing how complicated American society really is. At a first glance, the images can be easily taken snapshots of domestic scenes and portraits of her friends. It seems that the pictures are randomly composed with some of them colored and the others are black-and-white. In one picture, a sex doll examines the anatomy of another. The other one is a doll that is  dressed like Marie Antoinette with her eyes rolled and a dog on her lap.

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

The dolls on Leigh’s pictures are into everything that average Americans are. Drugs, parties, hardcore sex. Even Corona, Supreme and TV shows. And certainly, narcissism and imitation are the most evident qualities can be seen on every picture. “I can’t help but think some of the people in the world are starting to look a lot more like dolls than they used to, but that is because it’s celebrated and rewarded to look perfect. The more you look like a doll, the more followers you have. It seems like a lot of unsustainable pressure, to be honest. But I like dolls, so it’s okay with me,” adds Leigh.

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Stacy Leigh's Photography Series

Her works are currently a part of a group exhibition on display at the Castor Gallery until December 10th.

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