It is a priviledge to be exhibiting celebrated Coromandel sculptor Rex Homan who was the Supreme winner at the 2019 Te Waka Toi Awards.
Rex Homan, Lorna Dixon Rikihana and Moana Clarke present Ko Waihehe Te Kainga - Waiheke is our Place, commemorating the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Karaka Bay on 4 March 1840
Rex Homan (Ngāti Paoa, Te Rarawa, Te Atiawa). Rex is an outstandng international sculptor in bronze and wood. His work is influenced by Māori mythology and the natural world. Rex is best known for hs stylised bird sculptures. In 2019 Rex was awarded the Supreme Award from Te Waka Toi in recognition of his work and his contribution to contemporary Māori art over a 50 year career. rex is a descendant of Hori Pokai, a Ngāti Paoa rangitira, a signatory to Te Tiriti o Waitangi at Karaka Bay, 1840.
Lorna Dixon - Rikihana (Ngāti Paoa, Waikato). Lorna is an acclaimed mulit-media visual artist, weaver, educator and lecturer. Her work spans both contemporary content and Te Ao Māori taonga tuku ihi (heritage art forms). Lorna's large scale community works can be seen at Piritahi Marae, graphic decal on the Waiheke Library windows, contemporary tukutuku in Te Oro Art Centre, and in the Auckland Museum extension.
Moana Te Aira Te Uri Karaka te Waero Clarke (Ngāti Paoa / Uri Karaka). Moana is a writer and performer of poems, waiata (songs) and stories. her work draws from historical sources and current concerns. Moana is a signatory of Wai 810, one of Waiheke's claims on Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The poem Ko Waiheke Te Kainga (Waiheke is my home) is written for and will be performed at the exhibition opening as Whakamana Wahine and Mana Whenua.
Listen: Rex Homan, RNZ interview
Watch: Moana Clarke