PANDEMA'S BOX / By Mollie Wallace

PANDEMA'S BOX / By Mollie Wallace Mainframe Studios | 06/30/2021

Opening Pandora’s Box is today’s metaphor for creating endless trouble. Inspired by Pandora, the Pandema’s Boxes exhibit is the story of how we dealt with the great trouble of 2020, the Corona Virus. 

Each story is told in miniature, each in a vintage jewelry box, and each created in real time as the pandemic played out. 

In the Greek myth, the gods create the first woman Pandora and give her a box with special “gifts” that she must not open. She opens it anyway and out comes endless trouble. 

Pandema comes from the mind of DesMoines artist Mollie Wallace. Wallace assumed there would be just a handful of boxes and that the pandemic would be over by summer. More than a year later, there are more than 20. Each deals with a specific story of the pandemic, from hoarding toilet paper to the great mask debate. 

Follow the pandemic trail left by Mollie’s handiwork on third floor at Mainframe Studios through July 5, 2021.


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WALLACE is a Des Moines native and earned a degree in design and illustration from Pratt Institute. Her work can be seen throughout Des Moines and New Orleans in the form of murals, signs and merchandise branding, Wallace has designed everything from bike helmets and food trucks to guitars and Mardi Gras costumes. 


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These sculptures are for sale. For inquiries please contact the artist directly.