For me, these pieces in clay express my thankfulness for those who have continued to serve amid the pandemic with little or no recognition for their efforts and their risk. The representational body forms and use of multi-color clay express that they may be any gender, any race, any age. The focus is on what they have done and continue to do for the rest of us to go on with our lives in this horrific time.
The masks are black to represent the deadly virus that they must guard against with reference to lung damage like damage caused by black lung disease. Since the masks cover the mouth and most of the face, they symbolize that some had no voice or choice in the matter. They must persevere in order to keep their jobs and feed their families. The red bases represent the life blood that they give metaphorically when they are working and the literal lives that some have lost by being struck by COVID-19.
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