Recycled Plastic Dolls Become Creepy Sculpture

freya jobbins© Laura Moore and Mark Pokody

Discarded dolls have never looked so creepy. Australian artist Freya Jobbins recycles Barbie dolls (and Ken too) as the material for her sculpture.

These disturbing faces are created out of old children's toys which are made into grotesque caricatures of adults. Could they be mommy and daddy, or is that a step too far?

freya jobbins© Laura Moore and Mark Pokody

It's not just play; her influences are disparate and serious. They include Guiseppe Archimboldo’s fruit and vegetable paintings, Ron Mueck’s oversized humans, as well as Kathe Kollwitz, Friederich Hundertwasser and Frida Kahlo.

She explains:

My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and the emerging recycling culture within the visual arts. Due to our society's overspending on children's plastic toys, especially dolls, the materials for my assemblages are very accessible.

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First noted at Designboom, her new series is concerned with a recent fascination with Greek mythology, and results in some very provocative work.

freya jobbins© Laura Moore and Mark Pokody

The detail is fascinating; the way arms and legs and faces of the dolls are put together in such a way that they become body parts, organs and faces with real character.

Tags: Artists | Australia | Recycled Consumer Goods | Recycling


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