In the 23 of May 2017 Cape Town was greeted by a drought, due to water scarcity and minimum to close to no rain fall. The rise in temperature had an effect on the water supply and so the water demands couldn't be met.
Drought is a phenomenon where there is little to no rain in a region causing all that depends on the water systems to be at a calamity. Even some species suffering to fatality.
The figure represents the earth, anthropomorphism. She is crying to represent the idea of water running out( save your tears for another day) but this is the sorrow experienced due to human activities such as air pollution and carbon emissions causing overheating and affect the ecosystem and its routine.
The rusted pipes strongly represent drought as the pipes are no longer running of di-hydrogen monoxide and are no longer used for their intended use. This I tied to a long list of Human deed/doings that dead up to the earth's reaction.
The plants represented are zz plants which are one of the few plants that do not need too much water to survive, only they seem to be thriving while everything else is getting dry.
On her head is a circular Bubble, representing a dried river, symbolising lack of growth and stagnation.
But on her shoulder to the chest we get a contrast of the overall depicted image, a green scenery with a Rock on the centre (right) and a water / river scenery on the left, which represents her desires, and her wishes. The scenery on the right is what her heart desires as both earth and life live in harmony, and the circular bubble on the left represents the opposite of her thoughts. (her thoughts do not mirror her intentions)
The faucet is tightly closed and blocked with a wine cock.
The blue section on her face is completed with brush strokes that are synonymous to rain drops, as the thought of ever getting rain is one that brings the more tears.
The patterns in this instance represents dried roots.