“Physically almost identical to and as intelligent as the raven, the poor crow receives nowhere near the press given to his larger cousin. Feeling a little sorry for the crow, I decided to create a work worthy of him. Finding a traditional tale for inspiration proved difficult and crow sometimes seemed to share certain raven exploits but raven always gets the star billing. Nigel and Gary solved the problem by informing me that a certain Northwest Coast tribe linked the crow and a woman to healing — so I introduced a woman’s face into the design.”
The crow with its hoarse cawing vocals is a sociable and common bird on the coast, often mistaken for the raven. The crow has many of the characteristics of raven, mischievous, intelligent, fearless, a quick learner and problem solver. To the Nuu-chah-nulth, the crow is known as ka-in-kus (female doctor) and had the ability to heal having the gift of medicine.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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