Pangolin Ben Law Viljoen JPG

Joanne Patterson - Pangolin, 1998

Joanne Patterson (1972–)
Pangolin (1998)
Mixed media / 1690 x 920 x 810 mm
CCAC# 0211

Donated by Mark Read, Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg in 1999

The pangolin is revered in Zimbabwe, the artist's birth country. The totemic nature of the pangolin, here cradled in woven sticks, is enhanced by the use of the clay pots that both alludes to anthills and highlights the significance of pots to humans. As pots are vessels of life to humans, anthills serve the same purpose to animals.

Photograph by Ben Law-Viljoen © CCT

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