The hands and feet of the blue surfing Koala mascot, Borobihas been designed by a young Aboriginal artist from Bundaberg, Queensland. It’s intended for the for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The Kalkadoon woman Chern’ee Sutton from Mount Is a was specifically enthusiastic in creating the hands and feet for the mascot. She is one of the many painters on the Gold Coast recognized for her accomplishments.
“The hands and the feet I chose for the event was symbolic for accepting people across the world to Australia,” Ms. Sutton said. “The hands and feet is about Aboriginal artwork told in a story in the past 60,000 years. It can be written as a rock art on cave walls, corroborees or songs, or simply images portrayed in the sand. My story printed in the sand is about how Borobi walks which remains there for the whole world to view.”
Ms. Sutton isn’ta neophyte to designing on centre stage, as she has already worked with social groups like Dreamworld, Tennis Australia and NRL.
As a teenager in Bundaberg, she had been painting and exhibiting her artwork since. Such artwork of these famous painters on the Gold Coast are so amazing.
Ms. Sutton says, “I have been painting since I was 13 years old. My school encouraged me to do so to join competitions whichI ended up first. It certainly motivated my passion and since then I followed my heart.”
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey welcomed Ms. Sutton home and praised her for her success.
According to the Mayor, “I speak on behalf of the people in Queensland, which are extraordinarily happy for Ms. Sutton’s accomplishments and continued recognition as a gifted indigenous artist.”
Ms. Sutton is very much happy to have been requested to work with the mascot designers.
“It’s a great honour to have created the indigenous elements of the mascot, along with its amazing influence. Borobi informs spectators that it’s an indigenous story about the Commonwealth Games.”
The mascot designers approached Ms. Sutton to design elements to combine into the blue surfing Koala. As you can see, the talented young artist can see more success of the artwork in the near future. She was declared the 2016 finalist out of three Aboriginals for the Queensland Young Achiever of the year.
Ms. Sutton is one of the many Aboriginal painters on the Gold Coast who has gained recognition.