Culture guides remote wonder artist
Edwin Sherrin is winning accolades as a highly accomplished artist. The works of the 14-year-old Borroloola School student are inspired by his local Aboriginal language and culture.
Otherwise known by his bush name, Kurukurna, the Year 9 student experimented with various mediums before adopting painting as his favoured form of expression.
Stephanie Kosh, Borroloola FaFT Educator and Edwin’s mother, said he started painting animals, landscapes and traditional weapons, and Dreamtime stories — including the Shark Dreaming.
“Edwin has been strongly influenced by the Dreamtime stories taught him by his grandmother,” she said. “His earliest paintings depicted animals, particularly marine animals.
“Following a visit to West Island by his teacher Miss Amy, Edwin recreated the hatching of turtles and their migration to the ocean she witnessed.
“The artwork won high praise from his family, and because they resided near the sea they asked him to create a painting featuring sharks, and another portraying whales.”
Edwin has been tutored in blending, shading, tone, shape and special effects — techniques that underscore his unique style.
“Edwin has gone from strength to strength, using design, dot work and line work to create beautiful artworks,” Ms Kosh said.
“He has created his own Facebook page — Kurukurna Art — and intends starting a business to sell his art, bush medicine and carvings.”