Afrofuturism also includes arts like painting, quilting, sculpture, and film. Many of these works combine mathematically significant designs with social commentary. For example, consider how the interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers describes the patterns
in his work Lotus: "In Buddhism, the lotus is a symbol for transcendence and for purity of mind and spirit. But a closer look at this lotus reveals each petal to be the cross-section of a slave ship... In America, we don't like to talk about
slavery, nor do we look at it as a global industry. But by using this Buddhist symbol, I hope to universalize and transcend the history and trauma of black America and encourage discussions about our shared past."