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Loren Erdrich, Not All Water Is For Drowning, 2021

Loren Erdrich

Not All Water Is For Drowning
water, raw pigment, organic and synthetic dye, and water-soluble pastel on muslin
122×102 cm
courtesy of the artist and Shrine

Carpenter Ants11 die ten times quicker when isolated from their peers. They wander around and continue to gather food, likely to share it with their nest mates later, but do not digest it themselves.12 They starve to death with a full belly.13

  • Camponotus fellah
  • Ants have a social stomach, an organ used to store food for the colony.
  • Koto et al., 2015