This is one of the pieces I’ve been working on since the lockdown began. I just completed it today. I was inspired by an encounter I had when my younger brother and I were leaving a mall a few days before the lockdown began. I had been urging my brother to wear his gloves and mask when leaving the house, and to my dismay, I overhear the parking guard asking an elderly man whether he would participate in the wearing of masks and gloves in order to protect against Covid-19. The elderly man responded by saying “angiyintsiwa mina, ngiyindoda yangemphela (“I am not a small boy, I am a real man”), I won’t get this virus of yours”. The elderly man’s response was a clear example of toxic masculinity, as he was claiming immunity to this disease simply because he is ‘a man’. Funny enough, the recent works I had been working on were closely linked to the issues our country had been facing on gender based violence and toxic masculinity. So I decided to make use of the reference of an elderly woman’s profile. It spoke to me because her stillness and gaze expressed so many heavy emotions that one may find difficult to express verbally. For me, these emotions represent all the emotions we as a country are experiencing. So much uncertainty, grief, exhaustion, loneliness, boredom, etc. I added the bilboes (shackles) hanging from her neck to represent the heaviness of her emotions weighing her down. The vibrant colours represent the light at the end of these uncertain times. The end of Covid-19 that we can all be sure of and all look forward to, as long as we stay indoors to prevent the spread.