watercolor and collage 2020 20”h, 22”w
Endangered pangolins are the only mammals wholly covered in scales, which they use to protect themselves from predators in the wild. Under threat, a pangolin will immediately curl up into a tight ball and use its sharp-scaled tails to defend itself. Here, the pangolins are given an added layer of protection: Maasai shields to defend against accusations that their species was the intermediate host for the zoonotic transmission of the coronavirus from bats to humans, an early theory of the genesis of Covid-19 that has since been debunked. Embellishments on the shields resemble pangolin scales.