If you think busts and sculptures of mythological figures can only be created by carving stone and casting bronze, think again. Australian artist Freya Jobbins creates classically-inspired busts and statues using, of all things, dismembered dolls. Baby dolls, Barbies, and other plastic playthings get sliced up and carefully rearranged into these assemblages, as they”re called, to form new faces and bodies. The result is equal parts amusing and creepy.
Many of Jobbins” subjects come from Greek and Roman lore, including gods, heroes, and thinkers, all rendered in squirmy-looking plastic.
From left to right, Ganymede, Zeus, and Juno
Jobbins takes her inspiration for these bizarre works from the works of 16th-century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who was known for creating portraits using various objects. Instead of using natural elements and vegetables, Jobbins” work has a modern twist, with its use of manufactured plastic toys, as well as a slightly morbid one, with all the severed body parts.
Fellow artists Adam Hill and Evelyn Pultara as Adam and Eve
Aside from her obvious love for the classics, Jobbins also tackles more modern icons as well.
The pieces also speak to modern consumerism, Jobbins explains, and how a person”s belongings come to define who that person is. The objects we own, these sculptures suggest, can create portraits of us–whether we want them to or not.
She also mentions a certain irony in the work. Created from children”s toys, the materials used to make up these sculptures was originally intended to be handled. “I take a material that was created to be touched, and I make it untouchable as an artwork,” Jobbins says.
Jobbins with her collection of materials.
You can see more of Jobbins” work, including her woodcut prints, on her website and Facebook.