Sheila paints eyes on rocks and leaves ‘em where they’ll freak people out
There’s not really much in the world that’s more unsettling than the feeling of being watched. When you’re hanging out somewhere that s**t shouldn’t be happening, the feeling is even worse. So, imagine how you’d feel if you were traipsing through the bush and you noticed a f**k-off big eye just bloody watching you…
Thanks to artistic sheila Jenny Allnutt, that horrifying thought has become a distinct possibility. Yeah, nah, bloody Jen has come up with an art project that sees her painting eyes on rocks and then leaving them in the wilderness where they’ll be found by either future historians or oblivious folks out for a stroll in the scrub.
The project was part of Jenny’s stint as resident artist at Qbank Gallery in Tasmania. Don’t let us waffle on, though. Here’s what she said about its origins:
“On a recent residency with Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania I began a project of transforming collected rocks into painted eyes and returning them to the landscape to be found or lost forever. Queenstown has an extensive mining history and there were many unusual rocks everywhere. So I began a collection and what started as something for myself grew into a treasure hunt/community art project.”
Needless to say, the response has been pretty f**ken huge. In a Facebook post, she announced that, “I’ve had such an amazing response to them and have been blown away by the amount of people who have reached out to me! Good news is I intend to make more in the future and will post here when they are available for purchase as well as the ones I leave in the landscape 😊 Thanks everyone for the kind words and your support!”
We’ve gotta say, we reckon the art itself is pretty f**ken grouse, we’re just not sure we want to be flopping it out to take a piss in the middle of a bushwalk to see a big f**ken eye staring back at us like a bloody kinky beholder!
Final thought: Credit where it’s due, Jen’s paintings are pretty f**ken good. Have a squiz. Anyway, good s**t, Jen. You’re a bloody top sheila. Well done!
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