Pandemic Chronicles

I spent the early part of the pandemic (April to August), collaborating with poets Esther Belin, Jess X. Snow, Ursula Rucker, Mahogany L. Brown and Olmeca and visual artists Titus Brooks Heagins and André Leon Gray to create an online zine we call “Pandemic Chronicles, Volume 1.” We received contributions from Thea Gahr, Jayden Fields and Emory Douglas. From this has come 2 mural installation collaborations between Esther Belin and me in Phoenix – one at Walter Productions and at the Heard Museum.

The building used for the Walter Productions installation was the former home of Canyon Records constructed in 1951. Besides being one of the oldest independent records labels in the music industry the label focuses on Native American music. This space also housed a tv studio which produced a popular cooking show in the 1960s.

Vintage photos from Canyon Records and Recording Studios

Inspired by Jordan Nez’s tattoo Esther wrote the poem “Believe” that imagines the time post pandemic.

photo by danny upshaw – october 2020

Heard Museum – Phoenix, AZ – December 2020

Sonnet of Lament by Esther Belin

photo by craig smith of heard museum

photo by craig smith of heard museum

photo by craig smith of heard museum

Shout out to the homies Drew Ludwig, Elvis Taska, Esther Belin and to Kirk Strawn of Walter Productions for making this happen. Shout to my homie Erin Gramzinski of Mud House Productions for hooking it up on the visuals. I see you. And thank you Erin Joyce for the opportunity to get that word out at the Heard. Ya heard me?

And if you’re interested in the paperback version of Pandemic Chronicles, check it out:


  4 comments for “Pandemic Chronicles

  1. Randy
    January 31, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Very cool to see what comes of taking inspiration from collaboration. Time well spent. Thanks to all.


  2. Meg Spencer
    June 10, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    I saw the first installation in this post driving across the Navajo Nation last week. It said so much about this last year I don’t have words for, not yet, and maybe not ever. Knowing how much more there is—the activism and the community building—it’s just exceptional. Public health and art and storytelling all together. I wish I had more to offer than awe.


    • jetsonorama
      June 10, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you for that Meg!


  3. July 13, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Chip. I met you briefly near Gray Mountain. I asked if you were “painting.” You said, “not painting, pasting.” I have driven through and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations for many years. I have seen many images both pasted and painted that I have photographed. Save The Confluence. Keep up the good work.


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