Quarantine I and Quarantine II are a continuation of my exploration of the effects that humans have on the natural environment. As originally conceived, both were created as a statement about the conflict between domestic sheep grazing on public lands and the continued viability of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep populations. Domestic sheep carry a pneumonia bacteria that kills bighorn sheep. The two populations often come in contact when domestic herds graze on pubic lands. After contact between the two species, bighorn die-offs occur. The livestock industry has been reluctant to recognize the nexus between death and contact because it is an economic threat to the industry.
What started out as a statement about the conflict between domestic sheep grazing and bighorn sheep viability, morphed into an indictment of human behavior during the Covid-19 pandemic.