Magnolia with Ann Zingha, 2023
During a time when the African slave trade and encroachment by the Portugese Empire in Southwest Africa were rapidly growing, Queen of Ndongo and Matambe (Njinga Ana de Sousa Mbande AKA Ann Zingha
(1583-1663) defeated the Portuguese in a number of battles which eventually led to a peace treaty. The spots allude to Afro-Futurism and possibly, small pox. The black magnolia flower alludes to the American South.