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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0651

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is in a landscape format and is composed of irregular forms arranged into three vertical groups. There are two narrow, wavy 'bridges' that link the three groups. Each form has curved and lobed edges. Thick blue lines follows the outer contours and dominate the design. The inner areas have purple and mauve lines with small areas of black with white dots. The whole compositions is traced around by a thin black line outside a white line.

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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