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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0637

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is composed of elongated, irregular forms that overlap or touch to form a loose, open composition. The forms have a combination of lobed, curved and wavy edges. The lobed edges have band of deep purple and pink that follow the contours. Nine of the curved edges have black spines with white dots. The main infill colour is dark green with black dots. Two smaller areas in the lower part have white dots. There are four narrow, wavy forms in yellow in the lower half, one in red near the centre and another red one within the upper left form. 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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