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Walka design from Ernabella


Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured abstract design on a grey ground. The design is composed of nine 'starburst' forms arranged into three vertical rows of three. There are two wavy forms also arranged vertically between the central and outside rows of 'starbursts'. Each of the 'starbursts' has a central circle outlined with a black line. The three in the right row are infilled with purple, the other six infilled with yellow, red and purple. They are all fringed with black, purple and pale green dashes that form collars with white dots around the outer edge. The two wavy forms are bands of turquoise, pink, red, yellow green and black. Signed 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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