Chern’ee gives back to community
ETB Travel News Ambassador and Contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton loves to help out when possible and this week launched 2 new police cars with her 14 year old sister Brooke.
New police cars launched in Woorabinda for Reconciliation Week.
Chern’ee and Brooke Sutton travelled to Woorabinda this week to officially launch two new police cars that feature their Indigenous artwork. The pair of Kalkadoon artists held a painting workshop for 2 days before Christmas last year with Students from Wadja Wadja High School in Woorabinda a remote Indigenous Community. For the sisters giving back to community is an important part of being successful and when asked they were more than happy to donate their time and talents to team up with Queensland police, local elders and the Wadja Wadja High School to mentor the children in completing the 2 artworks. The children diligently dotted and painted the two paintings with Chern’ee and Brooke for hours at a time with a clear connection to the artworks and the stories they represented.
The official launch of the two new police cars was yesterday the 30/06/2019 and it was an amazing sight to see the cars and artwork in person. To see the smiles on the children’s faces knowing they had helped to contribute to these new cars has given them not only a deeper respect for the police but for the community as a whole as well Chern’ee said.
Chern’ee and Brooke on the day also donated the two paintings both measuring 183 cm x 91cm wide to the Woorabinda Police and Community as a symbol of the police and the Woorabinda community working together through art that has led to a deeper respect for each other.
In explaining the symbolism for her painting Chern’ee said “After speaking with local elders this painting represents the Rainbow Serpent and the Woorabinda community’s connection to their culture, history and the Rainbow Serpent which is the world’s oldest continual living belief. Woorabinda is the large community symbol in the centre with the Rainbow Serpent winding its way through Woorabinda creating the landscape. The green dots represent the lush green bushlands, the brown and ochre dots represent the dry harsh lands and the blue dots represent the waterholes. The larger blue circles represent the different mobs that live in Woorabinda and are all connected to each other as one”.
In explaining the symbolism for her painting Brooke said “After speaking with local elders this painting represents the many different totems of some of the aboriginal clans in Woorabinda and also the animals around the Woorabinda community.
Read more on Chern’ee next week