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Walka design from Ernabella


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, loose composition that extends to the edges of the ground. The forms are bold and have lobed and curved edges that terminate in points. They are green with red and orange bands that follow the contours of one or both edges. There are four long, narrow, wavy forms, two orange and two purple, and three blue circles with purple centres. There is also one small blue form in the centre and one in the lower left corner. There are two short, black, wavy lines extending from forms in the upper left and the lower right corners. The artist has signed in the lower left 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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