Loaded With History

African Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra is artwork by Kerry James Marshall. This work is the shape of Africa as a cubist sculpture.

┬áit offers a complex meditation on African ancestry and black aesthetics. Africa Restored formally references the nkisi nkondi, or power figures, of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These sculptures were crafted as basic armatures into which accretions of metals, mirrors, and nails were driven to activate their force. – (Art Institute of Chicago)