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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0628

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is composed of nine irregular forms with scalloped edges. They overlap or touch to form a loose, flowing composition. The two forms on the left are each divided into two halves, one by a wide black 'vein' the other with a yellow 'vein'. Both forms are infilled with bright red on one side and bright orange on the other and stand out from the other forms. The remaining forms are either infilled green or blue, with white dots. For each, one edge is curved or wavy, the other scalloped. All the forms have heavy bands of dark colour that follow the contours of the scalloped edges. Four have an orange or yellow band on the curved edge. There are also four long, narrow wavy forms; two yellow, one blue with white dots, and one black with white dots.

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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