Lena Dunham is all about these days.
There is Girls which she writes, directs and acts in. She likely does other things in it too.
By way of familiarising myself with her and some back-story I watched a 2010 film she also wrote, directed and acted in, Tiny Furniture.
Like Girls it is documenting her life as lived. In this case as lived in 2010 in New York, just come out of a relationship of three years, recently graduated college and wanting to be an artist and needing jobs in the meantime to support that. Familiar enough tropes right? Okay I just wanted to write tropes in a blog post and promise not to do it again!
She is also living with her sister and mother whilst doing that.
And her sister is a poet. And her mother an artist photographer.
But her sister really is her sister, Grace Dunham. And Grace Dunham really is a poet.
And their mother really is their mother, Laurie Simmons. And Laurie Simmons really is an artist photographer.
And the film is so named Tiny Furniture because the mum photographs tiny furniture. And she does so in real life.
The family parallels do end there though. Her husband, their father, is the artist Carroll Dunham and he is not featured in the film. Or if he is I did not see him, though I would not know him if I did see him! Hmmm. Anyway.
Here are some of Laurie Simmons’ photographs of tiny furniture.
Long House (Downstairs Kitchen) 2004
Long House (TV Room), 2004
Long House (Red Bathroom/ Blue Figure), 2004