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Walka design from Ernabella


Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is within a narrow landscape format and composed of irregular, scalloped edged forms that resemble leaves. The composition is mirrored left to right and top to bottom, although slightly inexact. There is a red circle in the centre from which two leaf-forms extend to either side and terminate with points that touch the lower boarder of the paper. From the end of these, two more 'leaves' extend up towards the corners. Above and below the centre circle, two scallped forms have extended points that touch the upper and lower edges of the paper. The two main centre 'leaves' are dark green, the two outer orange/yellow with bright yellow circles at their base, and the two forms above and below the centre are bright yellow. All the forms have pink, red, blue and green lines that follow the contours of the edges. The three circles also have black outlines and there are black 'vein lines' running up the centre of each of the 'leaves.

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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