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Pandora by Pandora-intheSKY Pandora by Pandora-intheSKY
I was recently involved in the Artificial Fiction show at Ayden Gallery here in Vancouver, a show whose theme was the exploration of the mythology and folklore and stories in our culture. Invitation made to me, the images and the stories immediately began conjuring in my mind. All of them, I discovered seemed connected in focusing on the women in mythology I considered some of the most nobel, yet who had been scape goats or figures of admonition.
Pandora is one. In the legend she is tempted intentionally with a vessel she is forbidden to open. When she does, all the evil, pestilence, warfare and misery in existence flooded forth into the world. What remained was hope. I've always thought that suffering made deeper, more empathetic people of us, and stronger once we heal though it takes time, and so perhaps in the same way as with the fable of Eve, we were more self actualized  and richer people for this event. I hold curiosity and the striving to question and to know, as one of the greatest virtues a person can have. In the original story Pandora opened an urn, not a box, and I liked this because an urn looks so much like the figure of a woman, the locus of controversy in this and so many legends. The original story also depicts hope as embodied in a dragonfly. I had planned for her to reach out to this spirit, but in the end decided to omit it. The gesture is universal, and it alone says enough.
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Hellenor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's... just pencil? :woah: 
Anyway.... This is simply gorgeous, really. I'm speachless.
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bcordone Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Simply gorgeous.
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shinedust Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Pandora is one of my favorite mythological figures. I love what you've done here from the original urn to the pain and misery floating free as a black cloud of skulls spreading out and finding new homes within the world. I couldn't agree more with your interpretation of this myth...I always thought that the curiosity she showed, and bravery to defy the orders given, to be such an empowering process...and the very fact that without her, according to myth, there would never have been hope (or a need for it) was always just as striking. The detail you have here is breathtaking, I could never dream to complete something so...rounded.

I will say that without the dragonfly, at first to me, it did seem as if she were directing the horrors of the urn to spread...instead of reaching out for something - it may also be due to her expression. But I also get exactly what you mean by her reaching out being a universal statement.
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Pandora-intheSKY Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014   General Artist
Hmmm, that's a really good criticism! Thank you for the constructive observation! Oh well, it's coated in lacquer now, not much I can do about it:P But in future I will have to remember to think harder about my choice of gestures! Anyway I'm really glad you like it:D
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flow-hamen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastique, bravo!!!
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YavorChanov Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Mmygosh!
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