Gladys Kemarre

Australian Aboriginal Artists Gladys Kemarre

Gladys Kemarre was born in about 1937, the majority of Gladys’s works depict the Bush Plum Dreaming. However she also paints Dancing Ladies and Bush men. In this painting she describes Dancing Ladies and women’s ceremonies where Senior Women “sing in” the younger women. They adorn their bodies with ochre designs and dance to the rhythm of clapping sticks. At dusk each day, women begin the verses of the song cycle that tell of the Ancestors coming to that place. The song “brings” the power closer, with each verse naming the country or plants and telling of incidents on the way. These Ancestors may appear as super-powerful humans or in the form of animals such as honey ants or snakes.