Freya Jobbins is an Australian based sculptor and printmaker, who currently works from her home studio near Sydney. Her trademark is discarded dolls turned into artworks.
Majoring in Printmaking during her art studies, she is now predominantly a sculptor but continues to produce prints. Her sculptures are base on the “left overs” of dolls that assembled can be creepy. Some are worth of a horror doll movie… but they are awesome!
Freya’s assemblages, like the unusual portraits of the Milanese painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo with a hint of the Toy Story Trilogy; she creates humanoid busts and portraits using a very non-traditional material, discarded children’s toys. An artistic exploration, of the relationship between consumerism and the culture of up-cycling and recycling.
“I am interested in generating a range of responses to existing cultural objects, which have been placed out of context. The irony of my plastic works is that I take a material that was created to be touched, and I make it untouchable as an artwork.”
Her printmaking practice is focused on contemporary social commentary through monotone linocuts and woodcuts based on the human experience.
Both Freya’s prints and sculptures have been exhibited and held in collections Australia wide, and in England, Norway, Germany, Dubai, New York, San Francisco and Tel-Aviv.
Chances are when viewing these you fall firmly into one of two camps: the highly amused or the highly disturbed. Regardless, it’s hard to deny the incredible amount of labor that goes into each piece, from the exploration of form and the use of color to make each anatomical amalgamation. We value the fact that she is taking what others consider garbage to create an artwork showing the world that a different approach can “fix” everything.