Please Don't Drink
Porcelain Sink, Faucet, Ink
In 2014 Flint, Michigan decided to change their water source from Detroit to the Flint River in order to save money. As a result, high amounts of lead were being consumed by Flints residents because their government insisted their water was safe when it indeed wasn’t. When the danger of the water rose, it became extremely difficult for the community to complete basic everyday tasks. The Flint community had to result to using water bottles and gallons for simple things like showering, washing their hands, cooking, washing their clothes etc. This was also viewed as an attack on a low-income community that is primarily Black. As of 2018, the government says the water is safe but people in Flint are still hesitant to believe them.
For my concept, I wrote quotes in the bowl of a porcelain sink from Flint residents about how the issue was affecting them. In a second area, I wrote a short description of the issue happening in Flint so that the viewer could understand the piece more clearly. In addition, I took brown murky water and poured it down the sink which caused the words to wash down the drain.
Mia B. Adams is a Phoenix-born nationally exhibited artist that currently resides in Tempe, AZ. Mia holds a BFA in Art with a focus in Intermedia from Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Inspired by liberation groups such as The Black Panther Party and Black contemporary artists such as Sonya Clark, Mia’s work addresses social/political issues that are typically swept underneath the carpet or avoided. Through getting her degree, Mia has developed a collection of conceptual political pieces that utilize altered everyday objects. Mia’s most recent project STEREOTYPES KILL brings awareness to discrimination and police brutality within the United States with the use of altered ‘STEREOTYPES KILL’ hats being left in public spaces. By using common objects as a medium, a sense of familiarity and reality is created upon viewing her work.
Living the life of a Black/Latina woman in the United States has ultimately inspired her to expose the experiences and voices of those who have been silenced by society. Her work resides as a visual timestamp
of the ongoing struggles that people of color continue to face in contemporary society.