The Art of Doll Parts

I am a huge fan of this type of art! Many of you have seen my take on this style a couple times (here and here) Really, I just love things that are twisted and a bit dark. When my husband ran across Freya Jobbins work he knew I'd be an instant fan.  He was right ;)

Referring to herself as a “plastic surgeon” of sorts, Australia-based artist and sculptor Freya Jobbins uses pieces of dolls and other toys to create eerie human looking faces, busts and figures that appear to be holding themselves together with their own inanimate plastic parts. 

Unlike many of her artistically inclined peers Jobbins didn’t start out as an artist and after figuring out that being a policewoman wasn’t as much fun as Angie Dickinson made it look, she decided to go back to school and graduated with a major in both printmaking and sculpture in 2004. Jobbins collects her materials from second-hand sources and her thought-provoking works conjure up a full range of responses from fascination to fear.

Here’s Jobbins’ own take on her compelling sculptures:

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.

Jobbins’ choice of materials help reinforce the importance of reuse and recycling—something the artist takes very seriously not only when it comes to her line of work but also in her life. Jobbins even donates her unused doll hair to a friend—a weaver who uses the materials for her own creative pursuits. More of Jobbins’ dazzling and disturbing works follow.