By Chern’ee Sutton
Age – 23 years
Selling Price – $2,200.00
Medium – Acrylic and raised acrylic on canvas
Size – 120cm x 40cm wide
My name is Chern’ee Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa area in Queensland. This painting is called “Thug Wuyu” which means in the Kalkadoon language “Green tree Snake” and this is my interpretation and story of the tree snake.
Long, long ago there was an enormous snake that breathed fire, he had such beautiful coloured red skin that it glistened in the sunlight and reflected for miles around, Mila Takujan was the snakes name and his beauty was admired by all other snakes. One day Thug Wuyu who was a smaller beautifully coloured green snake challenged Mila Takujans beauty saying he was far more beautiful with his bright green colour. Mila Takujan laughed off Thug Wuyu’s challenge until some of the other snakes started to agree that Thug Wuyu was indeed more beautiful than Mila Takujan. Red Snake could not believe his ears, he was furious and knew he must do something before he lost all his admirers. With that thought he asked Thug Wuyu to turn around so he could see his beauty from behind and when Thug Wuyu agreed and turned his back Red Snake blew his fire trying to burn poor Thug Wuyu. When Thug Wuyu realised what was happening he slithered as quickly as he could and kept going until he reached a large bloodwood tree and slithered up into the top branches and hid, there he lives today still hiding from Mila Takujan and never going too far from his home.