Jasmine Mansbridge - Pandora's Box
150cm x 150cm (HxW)
Acrylic on Stretched Belgian Linen
Hamilton based artist Jasmine Mansbridge spent her early years living a nomadic lifestyle in Katherine in the Northern Territory, here, her love for creating was born.
Her bold, geometric contemporary paintings are alive with vivid colour and energy and are a testament to her seriously outgoing personality.
"I learnt recently that in Greek Mythology, Pandora was the first human woman, and so powerful was her femininity that it was believed she needed to be kept in a box," says Jasmine.
This was the beginning in many ways, of women being viewed as unequal to men, and the beginning of the loss of many of their freedoms. In many societies prior to this, (Egypt for example), women had enjoyed equal status to men. So, this is my Pandora’s Box, a box with stairs, not a prison, more a throne. A women’s world with freedom and opportunities, equal to men. We are getting there slowly, my daughters live in a better world for women than ever before. We still have a way to go. But we must also celebrate our progress! Education, conversation, dialogue, standing up, speaking out, challenging norms, all ways to continue to break out of "Pandora’s Box!"