Every week Culture 101 heads to a creative correspondent out around the motu to gauge the cultural pulse of Aotearoa’s regions.
This week: Māori know it as Murihiku, “the last joint of the tail” but our southernmost graffiti artist Deow’s mission is to bring big painterly life to the walls of Southland’s towns.
Deow heads the South Sea Spray festival, bringing leading Aotearoa street artists to the region. This month, at least 13 artists have been visiting the central South Island town of Winton, making quite the splash.
Since 2018, South Sea Spray has been to Riverton, Bluff, Core, and Invercargill. Each festival involves widespread community involvement.
In recent years, Deow has been living and painting both in Southern California and the deep south.