Wait ! Your rubbish might be a masterpiece…

Tim Noble and Sue Webster are two English artists who recycled our rubbish, then have made a work of ​​art with those and nobody noticed anything. It will serve me as a lesson, those days when I’m too lazy to take out the trash…


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Both artists have confronted and explored the contrast between what we call “Beauty” and our tastes, what we usually consider like disgusting. Indeed, who would think of rummaging through his own trash to find something which could create a nice piece of work?

Yet, most of their best pieces are made this way, with rubbish. Indeed, they began to build piles of rubbish as well as animal’s corpses. Afterwards, with the use of a light’s projectors system have managed to create some beautiful, sometimes even romantic images with the shadow of these piles.

To get this final result, of an image on the shadow which is completely different from reality, they have been working for months on the perspective of each pile. Actually we can’t see the work of the two artists at first sight, it is only their shadow, projected on a white wall a certain angle that reveals it all.

At the end, each pile of pointless objects brings us face to a new daily life scene. Sometimes funny, sometimes tenderizing… and always eloquent.


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Freya gives a new life to Ken.

Look how all the dolls of our childhood are combined ! Quite disturbing…


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I don’t know if our dear old Ken is going to appreciate Freya Jobbins‘ project. The Australian artist recycles all possible discarded dolls to use them as the material for her sculptures… The final work presents some dismembered dolls, a thousand little parts of their body which are re-assembled to create several bizarre adult three-dimensional portraits. I swear she’s not psychopath, just fond of plastic and miniature details.

Her inspiration from Guiseppe Archimboldo is flagrant as they both use one kind of element (dolls for Jobbins, veggies and fruits for Archimboldo) to create new human characters. But she also said being inspired by Ron Mueck‘s oversized humans and Gunther Von Hagen‘s plastination corpses.

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“My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and the emerging recycling culture within the visual arts.”, said the artist.

When the Freya Jobbins explains her project, it’s less freaky but fascinating in a new way. It’s so true that we are living in a world completely consumerist and I remember well that when I was little I was always asking a new doll each Christmas (to the greatest despair of my parents) but the thing is not only about dolls but about our consumer society in general. We accumulate purchases every day in our cupboard, the idea of a recycle of all those old objects which are not useful anymore for us can be an amazing new source of creation for some others.

Freya Jobbins proves it with her project which doesn’t lack of imagination !

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