I’ve followed the beautiful, detailed illustration of Laura Shallcrass for a few years now – and I remember being particularly excited to find out she is based in Queenstown and my favourite Southern Lakes bubble.
Today marks the opening of a very new body of work for Laura with her show ; “Sacred Geometry and the Magic of Luck” at The Front Room in Queenstown. Running until the 9th of December those of you NOT lucky enough to be kicking around that area can view prints on her site now or for original’s contact Toi Gallery.
A little from the artist herself:
“I used to paint birds. Then one day a lady came into the gallery I was working in and said “I’d never hang a bird on my wall, it’s bad luck.”
That simple sentence re-ignited in me a long held fascination with the subject of luck, omens and belief. I ended up having a big discussion with the unlucky-bird-lady. It turns out that it was an aunts belief which had been passed down that birds were unlucky. For her it applied to the whole house but even more particularly to walls, she believed that you must never have birds on the wall as they are a bad omen. The aunt had been British but it got me thinking about a folklore I had heard about fantails in the house being unlucky.”