Sedentary Australian White Ibis (2018) was created from melding reputation and observation between people and the ibis in my neighborhood, located in the south-west Sydney. Co-incidentally, I share my local habitat with one of the highest population of Australian White Ibis on the east coast of Australia.
The Ibis traditional habitat is inland wetlands, particularly the Murray-Darling Basin, a region encompassing much of Australia’s prime agricultural land and water storage. As this dries up, the ibis has migrated and settled in urban settings with proximity to alternative food sources such as human food waste in landfills. For the Australian White Ibis the dual narrative of pest and environmental refugee unsettle positions of human power and desired natures.
This work aims to probe these anxieties and explores the tension and dynamics of living with uncomfortable others.