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Ah, the Pirate's Life For Me!

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Series Variants, 2.

8 x 5 x 3" shadowbox construction with magic wallet hinging. Materials: binder's board; wood; paper; metal; plastic. Collage.

Maryann Riker: "Women were allowed to trade, own ships, work as retailers, innkeepers and more when men went off to war or work! Many women came into contact with pirates and conducted business with them. Women boarded pirates and hid them from harm and the law. In such close proximity to these scalawags, some women took to the high seas, either willingly or unwillingly depending upon the scalawag. Some went as wives or mistresses; while others dressed as men and served on the pirate ships as shipmates performing the same work as the men. Some of these women fought in wars, traveled the world and followed their husbands as men; and then returned to society as women and bore children. Some became captains of their own ships or mutinied and took over. Either way they made a name for themselves and this artist's book/treasure chest salutes these women who pirated their way into history on the high seas.

"With Jacob's ladder hinging on a vertically-oriented shadowbox of wood this construction resembles a treasure chest or wunderkabinet."

Ah, the Pirate's Life For Me!

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