The “States of Being” series focused on the 50 stars/states is part of my larger project to push the symbolic potential of the American flag’s structure. Paintings IV-VII of the series were painted in response to the results of the 2016 election. The “50 states of black” stars in the first of the series represent diversity within the African-American community, including myself a mixed-race African-American woman, and our presence across all states in the US.