The donkeys in my work are based on the real-life donkey/foal pair quarantined on Ossabaw Island off the coast of Georgia. Donkeys were brought to the island decades ago and many were domesticated by the family that privately owned the island until the 1970's. After the last resident moved off of the island, many of the resident donkeys were relocated to the mainland by the state except for seven that were quarantined and sterilized due to a donkey-related brain disease. Even after one of the females was spade, she still gave birth to a foal resulting in eight donkeys on the island. The mother and foal pair never leave each other's side as they roam the island and interact with its visitors. Shortly after my visit in 2017, I realized the poetry of this relationship and they have become part of my practice ever since.