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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0753

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a cream ground. The design is composed of twelve forms that touch or overlap to create an open, vibrant composition resembling butterflies or birds in flight. The forms are loosely arranged into two circles. They all have one deeply lobed edge and one curved edge, . The lobed edges have bright green, pink and red bands that follow the contours. Each form has a black semi circle with white dots mid way along curved edge, which is also outlined in bright green. The infilled areas are bright orange. 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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