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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. The design is composed of irregular forms which touch or overlap to create a bold composition with three inner open areas. The forms have a combination of lobed, curved and wavy edges. There are seven compact forms with lobed edges that terminate in long 'tails' on one side and have curved edges on the other. The lobed edges have two-tone blue, red and yellow bands that follow the contours. The infilled areas are green, and the tips of two forms on the lower right have small areas of bright pink. The remaining four forms are lozenge shapes divided along their length. One side is green, the other dark purple blue. 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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