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Agua de Beber (Water to drink)
Agua de Beber reflects on the water crisis of Flint, Michigan.
In the drawing drops of contaminated water gushing from faucet to sink turn into the distended bodies of tortured infants gagging in a turbulent swirl of poisoned tap water. On the edge of the sink sits a broken souvenir drinking glass next to faucet handles--skull and crossbones flipped upside-down. There are seven babies in the drawing borrowed from the star cluster Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas. The word Pleiades has its roots in the Latin words for “sail” and for “constellation of the doves.”
Agua de Beber takes its title from the jazz classic Brazilian love song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes and vocals by Astrud Gilberto.