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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0647

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 form an open composition. The forms are of two basic shapes; long, narrow and wavy with a hooked point, and compact with scalloped edges. The long forms have bands of purple, red, green and yellow. The attached compact forms are deep red/purple with white dots. The artist has signed in the lower rigth 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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