By Chern’ee Sutton
Age – 22 years
Size – 91cm x 61cm high
Medium – Acrylic and raised acrylic on canvas
The Seven Sisters - Malkanuru
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 tells the story of Malkanuru which means The Seven Sisters in the Kalkadoon language.
Aboriginal people have looked at the stars and used them to follow their dreaming tracks or songlines for thousands of years and had a very good understanding of the motions of the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars throughout the year. Stories about the stars and constellations were passed down from generation to generation and this painting depicts the Star constellation of Malkanuru. The seven sisters who once roamed the earth and were the most beautiful creatures in all the land, they are now known today as the star constellation Pleadies.