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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0646

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is composed of irregular forms that touch or overlap to create an open composition. The forms are arranged into two vertical and one horizontal groups. Each form has wavy and curved edges, with one having pale yellow, dark green and white bands that follow the contour of the edge. They are infilled with deep blue. White spots have been applied over the whole design. A deep pink spot with a narrow 'tail' pointing up has been applied over a form on the right. 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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