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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0650

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream. The design is in a landscape format and is composed of irregular forms that touch or overlap. They are arranged into three groups to resemble the letter 'N'. The forms have wavy and lobed edges which often terminate in curved poins. They have bands of purple and red which follow the contours of the edges and dominate the composition. There are five small areas of green with blue dots and four orange curves with yellow centres.

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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