As I reflect on PJ I'm thinking about what she represents. Never thought I'd leave my MFA with this incredible alter ego who stands for my experiences - triumphant and traumatic, as well as this meeting point of slaves and piracy as an Afro-Caribbean woman immigrating to the UK. Last december, as I was still fleshing out PJ as a pirate/timetraveller - I went to a studio lecture on Sound. I was sick as a dog with sinus issues in the middle of installation tech nightmare for Fall Show, but managed to get enough to solidify some key thoughts about Pirate Jenny, sound, territory and boundaries.
Just as pirates defied the boundaries between land and sea - PJ is navigating the airwaves.
My newest inquiry into Pirate Jenny is #PirateRadio. I wanted to embody the idea of looking, tuning, seeking. She is, I am searching, tuning, dialing, navigating, always. For something, for home, for Mother for justice for vengeance. She is, I am Radio. I'll be chartering some new and experimental ground with words, music and conversation with wonderful local baltimore artists and activists.
Specific to Baltimore, I'm also interested in exploring the working relationships of pirates and slaves especially in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, and seeing how those relationships are present in social justice work today. Of course, I had to have it at my favourite radical space Red Emmas Bookstore & Coffeeshop. I've got a beautiful line up of artists and activists including Josiah Morgan, Sydney Spann, Mark Gunnery and Paul Rucker...
IN the meantime, check out my thesis process and ideas - Hopefully you'll get to make out to MICA's thesis show opening for thesis Spring 2015 (April 17th - May 3rd). Stay tuned...
Shola aka PJ