Friday, 2 April 2010

Pandora's Box

The myth of Pandora's Box is all about feminine curiosity. Pandora was desperate to know what was inside the box, and as she opened it out flew all the evils of the world. Hope, however, remained trapped in the bottom of the box. In one version of the story I read that the spirits were in the form of little moth-like creatures that flew out and started stinging everyone, ruining the bliss that had previously existed.

So, I cut some moth shapes out of card. I suspended them in a jar, but being able to see in to the jar defeats the point of Pandora's Box... So I moved on.

I went to a charity shop and found an old decoupage box frame. I figured a different way of approaching the idea was not to re-create Pandora's Box but instead present its contents like artifacts in a museum. When I went to The British Museum there were so many monuments and statues documenting figures from mythology (Which is all a bit bizarre really, seeing as it's all fictitious) so I think this approach is quite appropriate.


edwina.simone said...

these are treally pretty lucy

Olly said...

I love this, it works really well! Especially the fact that it is like one of those draws that you open at Natural history museums to look at the bugs and butterflies. You never quite know what you're going to get next... Xx

She Draws said...

I also think this piece is super nice.

Great way to explain good and bad.

Lucy Player said...

Thanks lovelies! :)

Melanie said...

Really love these butterfly boxes!