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Walka design from Ernabella


Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a beige ground. The design is in a landscape formate and is composed of irregular forms which touch and interlock to create a relatively compact composition. The three main forms are arranged horizontally and have curved edges, most of which have small purple 'spines' evenly spaced along the outer purple band. The centre form has green, yellow and pink bands which follow the inner contours of the edge. The inner area is orange. The two outer forms each have green, orange and purple bands which follow the inner contours of the edge. The inner areas are deep pink with purple wavy lines. Both the outer forms each have two 'legs' that each split into two 'toes'. The right form has an curved 'beak'. 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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