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Pokerwork lizard, Ernabella SA

1994.0026.0226

Pokerwork lizard, Ernabella SA

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Physical description

Large, brown, wooden lizard sculpture with the surface consisting of repeated concentric arcs excluding the face and under-part of object. Parts of the object making up the whole consists of a pointed face with oblong black incised eyes, a black incised curvy mouth and four legs with a long body and a long wavy tail.

Statement of significance

Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2 comprises a wide range of art and craft items including batik fabrics and clothing, pokerwork animals, acrylic paintings and children's drawings.

Ernabella Arts is significant as one of the longest running Aboriginal art centres. Started in 1949, its artists are mainly women although men have been participating at an increasing rate of late. Over the years, many product lines have been attempted with batik being one of the most successful. It was introduced by Winifred Hilliard who was arts co-ordinator at Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. She is fondly remembered there largely due to role of assisting the artists rather than directing them what forms of art and craft to produce. In terms of the history of indigenous art and craft production in Australia both Ernabella Arts and Deaconess Hilliard hold significant postions.

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