My Pandora Picture

This was done for my Greek art history class. We had to pick something Greek and either write a paper or do an art project. I chose a project! Woo! This is a self portrait piece and to further link the title and concept to the picture, I have an excerpt from my artist statement to help you out. Thanks for looking and please leave a comment or fav! I think this is the best self portrait piece I've done. Also, It may be light to those on laptop screens, mine seems to be having some issues portraying the correct values.

Painted in Photoshop CS4

"Instead of trying to dance my way around proving how well-endowed Pandora was and how it would be a great thing to have Athena’s wisdom, Hermes’ gift of gab, and the musical talent of Apollo, I decided to take her actions and make it define her as a thing. As human beings we fight our curiosity, sometimes letting it take over and other times dismissing it. With her curiosity, comes destruction, but in some sense our curiosity can lead to truths we didn’t want to see and, in a sense, destroys something. I’ve construed Pandora as the thing that visits us when we least expect it and tests our will to continue and fight against the evils coming from her pithos jar. For every action, there is a reaction and only in perfect worlds are reactions always positive. However bad Pandora seems, we cannot forget that in the myth she gave us hope. With that hope, we can work through the hardships our own curiosity brought us.
I wanted to somehow incorporate Greek aesthetics into my piece, but the more I played with it the more it became about me and what I find interesting, or rather terrifying, of the unknown. I decided to do a self-portrait piece to invite the viewer to interpret what it is I see when looking down into the darkness beyond my hands. It’s up to them to decide if I’m facing some evil within myself metaphorically, or if I’ve found a tarantula in my bathtub. I know what I’m thinking when I look into this painting, I feel the burden of evils pressing on my shoulders, the surprise of it catching me off guard, and the faith that I can make the right decisions. I encourage the viewer to put themselves in my place, relate to a time in their life when they unexpectedly had Pandora opening her pithos jar for them, and realize how far they’ve come since then. Greek myth is about interpretation and association, and I hope that’s what is received when looking at this painting."
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