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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0609

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. This lively design is composed of irregular, scallloped shapes and scrolls. The two scoll shapes are yellow with black dots and have open centres. The remaining forms are infilled with yellow, red or purple, with either black or white dots. Those infilled with pale blue have dark blue dots. The scalloped edges and some boundaries are traced on the inside with fine lines of yellow, red, purple and green. The entire composition is outlined with a fine spikey detail in black. The artist has signed in the lower right corner.

Statement of significance

The collection comprises a broad range of objects including batiks, pokerwork carvings, paintings and pastel drawings on paper and other art and craft items, bibles and school readers in Pitjantjatjara, drawings by school children, photograph albums, videos and a small number of stone implements.

The collection is significant for the depth and range of material associated with a single Aboriginal settlement at Ernabella, now known as Pukatja, its art centre and with Deaconness Winifred Hilliard who was the Arts Advisor to Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. The collection largely dates to this period. Along with other material previously donated by Hilliard, this collection documents the history of Ernabella and the women's art movement there between, but not limited to, 1954 and 1986.

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