Chern’ee Launches her Latest Exhibition for the Blind
Chern’ee was thrilled to have officially launched an art exhibition for the Blind Australian Cricket team at The Queensland National Cricket Center in Brisbane for their training camp, as part of the teams preparation for the World Cup next year. Chern’ees signature 3D style was transformed into 3 dimensional textured plaques where the cricket team not only heard the stories to the plaques, but could also immerse themselves in the art by feeling the story with their hands.
When asked about the concept behind the blind art exhibition, Chern’ee said “Most of my paintings are textured, but ever since I stated painting 9 years ago, I’ve always wanted to have an exhibition for the visually impaired, so they too can enjoy my beautiful culture, stories and artwork. At the end of the night, I had one of the Blind Cricketers come over and thank me immensely, explaining to me that this was the first time that he’d ever had a connection to art, by being allowed to touch the artwork and feel the story.”
“It was overwhelming to see the joy on their faces and their reactions to the exhibition and the cricket bat, it was a very unique and memorable experience and I’m thrilled that I was a part of it.”
Another significant part of the exhibition was to present the Blind Australian Cricket team with a highly textured 3 Dimensional cricket bat that Chern’ee had also written on in Braille. The bat was called “Ti Yakapiti” which means “To Touch” in the Kalkadoon Language and the story is below.
“On the front of the cricket bat in my painting Wanaka the sun gives life to the game of cricket every week with the 3 dates in braille representing significant points in the game’s history.
1922 when the first game of blind cricket was played in Prahan Victoria.
1952 when the first blind National championships were held.
2019 Cricket training camp in Brisbane in 2019 in preparation for the World Cup in 2020.
The cricket field is represented by the large community symbol with the 11 players being represented by the U’s around the field. The braille underneath the field tells the world this is the “Australian Blind Cricket Team”.
The cricket ball is represented by the six stiches which also binds the Australian Blind Cricket Team as one. The travelling lines represent all the people that come to support the game and the emu and kangaroo footprints represent the game of cricket always moving forwards and never backwards.
The dotted circles represent all the teams that come to play blind cricket and the handprint represents paying respect to aboriginal history and culture with the Southern Cross representing Cricket Australia.”
The cricket bat will now travel to Cricket Australia’s main office in Melbourne where it will be permanently displayed.
Source = Chern’ee Sutton