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Walka design from Ernabella


Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a pale cream ground, in a long, narrow landscape format. The design is composed of irregular, bold forms that touch or overlap to create a compact composition that fills the paper. The forms have been arranged into two groupings that resemble fish. They are almost identical but inverted. The 'fish' on the right has it's 'tail' down and 'head' up; the one on the left is on its 'back'. There is a green spot where the two 'heads' of the 'fish' meet in the centre. Each 'fish' is made up of four forms that each have a combination of deeply lobed and curved edges. Most of the edges have white, purple and red bands that follow the contours. The inner areas are deep yellow and this is the dominant colour of the design. Along the back of each 'fish' are attached five deep lobes or 'fins'. These are teal green, and extending into each lobe is a black lozenge shape with white dots.

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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