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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0745

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a pale cream ground. The design is composed of irregular forms that touch or overlap to create an open composition. The forms have a mainly vertical orientation and are loosely arranged. They have a combination of lobed, curved and wavy edges which terminate in points. There are four blue spots with white dots; one on the far left, one near the centre and two to the right that touch. Each form has one edge with a dark band that follows the contours. The infill areas are red or teal green with white spots. 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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