North Carolina's 12th congressional district is located in the city of Charlotte and surrounding areas in Mecklenburg County. Prior to the 2016 elections, it was a gerrymandered district located in central North Carolina that comprised portions of Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Lexington, Salisbury, Concord, and High Point.
It was one of two minority-majority Congressional districts created in the state in the 1990s. Between 2003 and 2013, there was a small plurality of white Americans in the district according to the 2000 United States Census, although African Americans made up a comparable proportion of its voting population. As redrawn for the 2012 elections and under the lines used prior to the 2016 elections, the district had an African-American majority according to the 2010 United States Census. The 12th district is the most Democratic district in North Carolina, and it has never been represented by a Republican.
This piece represents a chronological, but not consecutive, progression of district shapes, starting in the 1990s on the left, and ending prior to 2018. The colors are broken/incomplete on the left side, progressing to wholeness on the right side, as a metaphor for the progress to a more equitable delineation of district boundaries. Lordy's mother lives in this district.