When my children were much younger, I met artist Freya Jobbins. It was through a community-based arts group that she was part of establishing. It’s amazing how once you meet another creative they often keep popping up your life, Freya and I have crossed paths many times over the years. Her work is multifaceted and continues to evolve, however Freya is well known for her assemblage work, created from deconstructed dolls and plastic children’s toys.
To some these creations are a disturbing, carefully and thoughtfully placed, assemblage of deconstructed plastic body parts and toys. For me there is so much to absorb. At first glance I see what it represents, whether it be Darth Vader, Batman or even Freya. However on looking closer it brings a smile to my face. There is a ‘Where’s Wally’ moment as all the components come into focus, pieces reminiscent of my childhood and that of my children. And then for me, there is the thought provoking. Freya has taken the ubiquitous, and turned it into the extraordinary. But what happens to all the other pieces that are discarded destined for the scrap heap, the pieces that don’t make it into an artists studio. I am reminded that our consumerism and waste now begins in childhood.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your creative practice.
I am multidisciplinary contemporary artist based in South West Sydney. My practice includes assemblage, installation, collage, printmaking and now video work and is based on current social commentary.
Both my prints and sculptures have been exhibited and held in collections Australia wide. Also, in NYC, Detroit and San Francisco in USA. Hamburg Germany, Oslo Norway, Klagenfurt Austria, Yorkshire England, Dubai UAE and in Tel-Aviv Israel.
Currently I am part of the group exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre (CAC) “We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)”, this is on until October 14th. I was commissioned by CAC to create a new video work especially for this exhibition. Other artists are Suzanne Archer, Candy Bowers, Joan Brassil, what, Joel Beers, Blak Douglas, Heath Franco, Anna McMahon, Danie Mellor, Claudia Nicholson, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Shireen Taweel.
At the moment I am also in a group show at Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn Arts Centre called “THIS WILD SONG” which addresses gender equality with an empowering tone. Artist Illona Nelson styles and photographs significant Australian female artists, to create portraits where the artist becomes a part of their artwork. Open until Oct 22nd.
I will be having a solo show at Lamington Drive Gallery, in Collingwood Melbourne, from October 24 to November 10 called SURFACE2
What Freya doesn’t tell you is that Art is her second career choice! To some it may seem like an irrelevant fact, however for me it reinforces that we can pursue a creative life at any time in our lives, fulfilling our innate need to express ourselves.
What is your first memory of being creative?
I have always been drawing. Even before starting to school I was drawing. Building, making and experimenting started very young.
Who or what inspires you?
So many people, living and dead, inspire me. Places, people and moments in time, are stored and revisited through my work. People with persistence inspire me tremendously. I am never lost for inspiration in my creative processes as there is always something that I would like to say!
Artists like Kathe Kollwitz, Louise Nevelson, Cindy Sherman, kaarina Kaikkonen, Catherine O’Donnell, Suzanne Archer and Camden’s, Patricia Johnson, are all artists who have had a strong influence on my practice.
Is there anything special you do to get into the right mindset and get the creative juices flowing?
I am always ready with ideas, they are constant! My journals are always being added to, sometimes at 3am in the morning. I am always seeing so many possible conversations that could be addressed, made into a series of works.
How do you deal with creativity blocks?
I don’t have that problem, the creativity just keeps flowing.
What is one tip you would give other creatives?
Artists: find out what you want to say.
Creatives: Be original, and if you don’t enjoy it, I mean really love what you do, don’t waste your time and money.
What is your favourite, colour, book, song, food and place?
My favourite colour is not a colour, I like black and white and grey, I have two books on the go at the moment ‘Seeing ourselves Women’s Self-Portraits‘ by Frances Borzello and ‘The Subtle Art of not giving a F–k’ by Mark Manson. Currently my favourite music is “HappenGoStay” by Norwegian muso Thea Hjelmeland from her latest album KULLA, I love potatoes and my favourite place is Berlin.
Make sure you head to Freya’s website to check out her work, not only her plastics but also her prints.
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