Have you ever stumbled upon a rock that looked like an eye? Yeah, me neither. But if you happen to be in Queenstown, you just might have the chance to do so!
Talented artist Jennifer Allnutt was on residency with Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania when an interesting idea struck her… she was going to paint eyes on rocks. And not just any eyes, but beautifully detailed and intricate eyes.
“I began a project of transforming collected rocks into painted eyes and returning them to the landscape to be found or lost forever,” she writes on Bored Panda.
Queenstown’s history has deep roots in the mining industry. Originally explored in 1862, it wasn’t until much later that the mountainous region was found laden with gold. This discovery prompted the development of the Mount Lyell Gold Mining Company in 1881.
As a result of Queenstown’s unique history, there are interesting rocks to be found just about everywhere you look. This is what sparked Allnutt’s rock collection in the first place.
While the collection was originally self-serving it grew into something so much more.
“I began a collection and what started as something for myself grew into a treasure hunt/community art project,” Allnutt shares.
Just imagine yourself stumbling across one of these amazingly intricate rocks with eyes… what would you think? Would it startle you at first glance?
Allnutt is a contemporary Australian figurative artist, and the talent behind her artwork speaks for itself.
“I’m fascinated by those inbetween, grey areas intangibles and ambiguities and then fusing these into the physicality and language of paint,” she writes on her website.
In 2011, Allnutt graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and first class honours.
Allnutt developed a love for art at a very young age, when she was largely inspired by her grandfather.
It wasn’t until 2007 that she discovered her love and passion for oil painting. Ever since, she hasn’t been able to put her paintbrush down – painting everything from canvass to rock.
“I felt like art was pure magic as a child and I still feel that way. Plucking something intangible from your mind and making it real.”
Jennifer’s artwork borders the line of realism and illusionism.
According to her website: “In her surrealistic portraits she explores the uncanny, the unconscious mind, transformation and identity.”
She strives to portray feelings and repressed desires through her work – she tells a story through her artwork and uses a variety of subtle hints to lay out a narrative – from facial expressions to symbolic objects and even clothing.
She is deeply inspired by dreams and mythology, as well as real-world experiences and conversations.