Ozzy sheila goes viral for bloody gold tips on how to become an “art expert”
If you’re anything like us, you might be able to like and appreciate art, but you might also know f**k-all about it. Yeah, nah, don’t get us wrong, we bloody love looking at paintings put on canvas by the ninja turtles, but if you asked to explain how to tell them apart, we’d be on a hiding-to-nothing. Apparently, though, the s**t’s easy. You just need to check in with Melbourne sheila Mary McGillivray.
Mary has made a home for herself on TikTok, where she calls herself the iconoclass. She uses her space there to educate the masses about the world of art, but she doesn’t do it in a boring way.
Instead, she gets out the banter and sets to work helping everyday bogans like you and I know our art from our arse. Have a squiz at some of her tips below to brush up on your knowledge.
Mary, who’s an art historian in real life, reckons it all started during Australia’s first Covid lockdown:
“The story begins back in Australia’s first COVID lockdown in 2020—ah, memories—where I found myself stuck at home with nothing to do. On a whim, I decided to put my degree in art history and my skills as a professional video editor to good use and make TikToks to entertain myself. I had no idea people would like my jokes about homoerotic frescoes as much as they did, but 10 months later, here we are!”
Of course, she has an interesting view about art too. She reckons that if we can’t appreciate it, we might be looking at it wrong.
“A lot of people think that art history is very serious and very important,” she says. “This leads to them feeling overwhelmed—or even feeling like art history isn’t for them. This isn’t true! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, art history is just old memes. Once we start to see the humour and the humanity in art, it becomes far less intimidating.”
Too f**ken right, Mary. Too f**ken right!
Final thought: Yeah, nah, we love it. Art’s bloody good stuff when you think about it. Deadset, any bit of free education about classic art is worth taking, so bloody jump on this and brush up your knowledge. At the very least, it might help you win a trivia night at the local tavern. Seriously, though, this Top Sheila award is all yours, Mary. Good s**t!
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Video Link: _iconoclass
H/T: BORED PANDA.