Deb Frederikse- Ko au te Awa Ko te awa ko au


Deb Frederikse- Ko au te Awa Ko te awa ko au


Living on the banks of the Whanganui River for the past 45 years led me to consider a visual response in images.  Words supporting the images are not so much “lost” as submerged within water or land forms.

Two poems lent understanding of the power and significance of the Awa.

The whakatauki, believed to be from Ngati Hau Nui – a – Paparangi:

(The Whanganui iwi collectively)

E rere kau mai te awa nui nei

Mai te kahui maunga ki Tangaroa

Ko au te awa

Ko te awa ko au

The great river flows

From the mountains to the sea

I am the river

And the river is me

Airini Beautrais’ beautiful poem “Flow” whose form and rhythms express the irresistible journey of water, from drips on to montane rock to its final release into the sea.

Size: 900mm x 420mm

Medium: Watercolour, aquarelle pencil, charcoal on paper

Status: Sold