The Deification of Mihi Waka

Jacqueline Fraser, Artist

This is one of the sculptures in our collection. It was made in 1995. The place where it was made is unknown.
About the Work
“I really enjoy the spontaneous appearance of these works while also noting that the construction is careful and considered. The plastic-coated copper wire makes me think about electrical or telephone cables and the possibility of carrying electric currents/energy, communicating. Rangihiroa Panoho describes Fraser’s work as being ‘specifically regional, anecdotal and at times ancestral’. He also discusses her installation work referencing the architectural form of the Whare and the whakairo and raranga held within. I love the idea of Fraser creating a whare within a gallery, making a Māori space within an institution.” – Frances Stachl (Ngāpuhi) ‘Ōku Kōwhiri - My Choice’ February 2024
approx 1.2m high x 4 m wide
coloured wire
Six figures of Mihi Waka sculpted from coloured wire
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1995.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
13 Jun 1995


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