By Chern’ee Sutton
Age – 22 years
Size – 61cm wide X 152cm high
Medium – 3D Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas
My name is Chern’ee Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland.
This painting is called “Jurutu kutu” which means in the Kalkadoon language “Goanna’s Egg” and is my interpretation of the goanna and his never ending hunt for eggs.
From the time he is born goanna has a taste for eggs, he can smell them from miles around and can track them for days, going through water and crossing over mountains and land until he comes upon his favourite delicacy. He wont discriminate he will eat any eggs he can find unguarded and remember their taste until his next hunt.
He may be cruel to eat so many young but without him the balance of mother nature would be upset by the birth of so many young.
In my painting the goanna hunts all through his life crossing through rivers represented by the blue dots and crossing over mountains represented by the red dots. The brown background represents the hot, harsh Australian outback and the coloured circles are the lives that end to keep goanna alive. The white spirit trails link all the animals together as without them all mother nature’s balance is upset.