“THERE IS NO OTHER SUBJECT AS COMPLEX, MISREPRESENTED AND MISUNDERSTOOD AS HER OWN”
Part of the opening remarks embracing the brochure for Baltimore Md. Artist, ERNEST SHAW JR.
It is said his art is the “anthesis to whiteness”, as well as a response to racialized subjugation.
Aunt Jemima was the depiction of “subjugation” the “enslaved nanny” in the slaveowner’s kitchen, good for making pancakes, and eating them too!
Millions of bottles of pancake syrup with Jemima label, made the owners millionaires. Last year, when Pepsi Cola bought the company, they freed Jemima. Her picture with white apron, bulging cheeks, and overweight body, has been replaced with a simple label, Pearl Milling Company.
Ernest Shaw Jr. has taken her out of the kitchen and turned her into a mural to be admired. The apron and head scarf have been thrashed, and she is now a sexual provocateur.
This liberated view went on display, this Black History Month, (Feb. 2022) at the WORLD TRADE CENTER, the INNER HARBOR, Baltimore MD.
And now ,
And now the artist in his own words: