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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0622

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is composed of several, irregular forms that touch and overlap to form a loose grouping that resembles the letter 'S' [layed horizontal]. The forms have curved or scalloped edges, many of which curl and terminate in points or hooks. Each shape is has a fine black outline with inner bands of green and yellow. The inner areas are predominently purple with white dots, although four are blue with white dots. There are nine circles formed within curled hooks where the ground show through.

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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