Look how all the dolls of our childhood are combined ! Quite disturbing…
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.
“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 !
Why try to use computer technology when we know amazingly illustrate with a pencil ?
Joe Fenton is an illustrator/writer/sculptor/designer from Brooklyn. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the Wimbledon Art School. Impressive, isn’t it ? But today, it’s on his drawings I want to focus because they are completely crazy (even if he has been drawing for two years only!)
With a 0.5 mechanical pen, the artist creates works on which you can spend a lot of time to see all the details.
In addition to his talent for drawing, it seems that his imagination can’t fit in a basic paper size. Last year, Fenton has engaged himself in a huge project. Joe Fenton worked ten hours a day, seven days a week for ten months for a single drawing, A drawing which extends on a five metre tall and 2.5 metre piece of paper. And all this with the only use of his pen. You said insane ? I would rather say ambitious and talented. However, it’s true that it’s hard to imagine how this artist has been so patient…
To arrive to this final art work, Fenton has first worked on each element of the drawing on a small scale, afterwards he pieced all images together like a puzzle by tracking his line drawings into the final piece of paper. Then, he completed the drawing with acrylic and ink.
The artist said that his surrealist inspirations come from the 15th century (with Hieronymus Bosch) but personally, the fantastic and dark side of his work made me directly think to the style of Todd Schorr.
The main theme of his project is his constant fear of death and all the unknown things which are all around us. That’s why that even if he doesn’t believe to any religion, Joe Fenton wanted to include a lot of religious symbols for experimenting what it could offers to his project. Thus, you can find in the drawing some symbols as a ganesh-like character, a grinning buddha or a crucifix… Concerning the rest of his work he has been mostly inspired by asian mythology, northern renaissance art and contemporary pop culture. However, there are also a lot of details for which I still don’t understand the meaning, maybe you will !
Anyway, “SOLITUDE” is the name of the project and it’s seriously the most amazing drawing I’ve ever seen.
(as you can see below)