Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Ko Wai Au (Who Am I?)


  • Medium: kauri
  • Size: 15 × 18 × 2 inches
    Size: 32 × 18 × 6 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: KR90905

New Zealand today with its highly urbanised, multi cultural society is home to many individuals facing an identity dilemma.

Exclusively from a New Zealand bicultural perspective and regardless of the side of the cultural scales, tradition, curiosity, the search for knowledge and learning for some of these people is needed in order for them to achieve a sense of order, balance and belonging in their lives.

The sculpture uses a jigsaw puzzle as a means to effect this perplexed state.

Where do my pieces fit?
Where do I want to fit my pieces?
Do my pieces fit where I want them?
How do I fit my pieces in?
Will I be allowed to fit my pieces in?

Perhaps these are some material aspects of his existence the subject is puzzling over?

Rex Homan

Rex Homan


Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa

(1940- )

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.