Artist: Glady Kemarre
Skin name: Kemarre
Language group: Anmatyerre
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Glady Kemarre, a well known Utopia artist, began her career in the late 1970’s with the medium of batik. Over 80 other Utopia women participated in this practice for over a decade before the acrylics on canvas movement swept Utopia in the late 1980’s. Glady swiftly changed mediums, as did many others, to the ease and liberation of acrylics.
The art of painting was a social practice for Glady and the women of her community. Glady rarely painted anything other than her Anwekety Story, where fine dot work represents the sweet black conkerberry called anwekety in Glady’s language.