“Not being familiar with these birds, I have had to rely on my research to garner ideas. I hope the sculptural postures of these loons are recognizable and pleasing to the eye.”
The loon, a graceful aquatic bird with a haunting voice, used its distinct call to communicate great distances. The loon possessed magical powers with its ability to move through the realms of the land, sky and sea. The loon is known as a spirit helper and is also prominently portrayed on shamanic objects. The loon is linked to Komokwa, the Chief of the Undersea World, whose movement creates the tides and eddies of the ocean. To capture the size of this supernatural being, masks of Komokwa frequently feature the loon sitting on his head that the loon has been mistaken for an island. The loon, often articulated on the Komokwa mask, will appear to take flight as the Komokwa is awakened during the performance.
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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