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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0617

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is within a near-square format and some points extend to the edges of the paper. It is composed of bold, irregular shapes with curved and scalloped edges that overlap to create a compact composition with areas of the ground showing through. The shapes are outlined with a fine black line outside dark green, orange and deep pink bands of colour. There are large inner areas of mid blue. The black lines also terminate in circles that are infilled with deep pink, dark green or mid blue. The artist has signed in the right lower 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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