Based in Melbourne, Australia, this young artist says art has been a pivotal part of her life since childhood. She graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) in 2011.

artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a landscape to be found or lost forever

On a recent residency with Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania, Jennifer began transforming collected rocks into painted eyes and returning them to the landscape to be found or lost forever.

Jennifer places the eyes back into nature

artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a 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.

artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a landscape to be found or lost forever

The painted rocks feature a realistic painting of an eye that it seems to be actually staring

artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a landscape to be found or lost forever
artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a landscape to be found or lost forever

Jennifer constructs images that straddle the line between realism and illusionism. In her surrealistic portraits, she explores the uncanny, the unconscious mind, transformation, and identity. Her works often grapple with finding a way to visually express the feelings and desires that we repress.

artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a landscape to be found or lost forever
artist jennifer allnutt collects rocks and paints eyes on them. then puts them back into a landscape to be found or lost forever

Queenstown was once the world's richest mining town, and there are many different types of rocks everywhere. Since many people have asked her about her painted rocks, she decided to make her artworks available in her store. She works by commission, so you'll need to reach her through email and submit your request.