坐立難安 (Zuò lì nán ān): Restless at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

I was drawn by a dream,
I wandered through a land,
Everything attracts me, but nothing holds me,
The grasses have turned into rice paddies,
The forests replaced by orchards,
Every stretch of the land is covered by human footsteps,
Restlessness keeps growing inside of me,
Where is my ancestral land?

Formosan sika
In 1969 the last known wild Formosan sika was killed in
Taiwan. In 1994, a series of sika reintroductions was initiated
in a national park. However, the world has been swiftly
changing, there is not an ancestral home for sika. Without a
wilderness environment, Is repopulation nothing but captive
breeding? Without natural predators from the wild, can a
defective ecosystem cope with a fast-growing sika
population?

2023
Material: Huon pine and acrylic
Size: 150 x 180 x 100 mm (WxHxD)
Photography by Peter Whyte