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Walka design from Ernabella


Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Two tone abstract design on a cream ground. The design is composed of irregular forms that touch of overlap to create an open composition. The forms are loosely arranged into two vertical groupings on the left and right, with a horizonal grouping joining them across the centre to form a 'H' shape. The forms have curved edges that incorporate pointed scallops and curved hooks. Each is outlined by a blue/grey band that follows the contours. Within this is a dark band and the infill area is red with dark red dots. 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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