This spectacular bowl by Karen Shuan features an intricately painted mother and baby dugong on natural earthenware.
Each bowl is approximately 15cm in diameter.
My Name is Karen but I also go by the name of Bloomfield. I grew up in Mossman learning two ways of life – Kuku Yalanji and English – I experience racism in Mossman and violence in the community. I learnt language and culture from the age of four, I grew was an interpreter for my mother and elders. Now I teach my daughters – we still speak language in the house.
As a young person – my father’s Uncle – Eddy Bloomfield – the painted for pleasure and passed on his knowledge. He painted on any surface he could find – bark turtle, shells etc. I was always listening to elders rather than doing physical things and Eddy encouraged me to pick up a paintbrush. He taught me traditional techniques.
We still live in Mossman. Both my parents have passed. My mother is from Mossman and she is my role model – she taught me language, culture and dance. The past and present, these stories in dance and o also painted them – stories of Diwan laying eggs; the sea turtle and crocodile – dreaming stories.
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