‘Pandora Close Your Box’ handmade word collage by Angela Zafiris
‘Pandora Close Your Box’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris
In the creation myths, Zeus was so enraged with Prometheus for stealing fire, that he plotted his revenge against him. He ordered Hephaestus to create a beautiful woman with clay and water. The goddess Athena gave his creation charm and grace and Hermes gave her cleverness and the art of lying (!) She was given the name ‘Pandora’ meaning all-giving. Hephaestus gave her to the Titan Epimetheus who ignored his brothers’ advice to not to accept any gifts from Zeus, but he ignored his brother and married Pandora. Pandora brought with her a box that the gods told her to never open. Pandoras’ curiostiy got the best of her and she opend it and in doing so released all of the troubles into the world. Only hope remained in the box which whispered big dreams and false hopes into peoples weary ears and thus keeping them alive.
Similarly to the Eves’ biting of the forbidden fruit as the reason for the ills of the world so to is Pandora to blame, a woman! But, if we look closer it’s not a woman who is the source of all that has plague humans since antiquity. If Zeus had not sought revenge against Prometheus, and if he had not created that darn box than all calamities would have been avoided. But, of course the female has to be the scape goat. In the famous story of the Trojan war, Helen and her irresistible beauty, was said to be the reason for the war, but these two enemies (Achaean Greeks and the Trojan Anatolians) only found a beautiful excuse to go to war. The blame was put on a womans’ beauty and not on the war mongering nature of most men. Men abuse nature, men abuse animals, men abuse children and men abuse women and each other. Yet it’s the ‘cunning, lying, curious, manipulative, and idle woman who is said to have started it all.
Nonetheless, the story is inspiring and the references to Pandora can be spotting everywhere from pop culutre to the media. With all the catastrophes that seem to be multiplying like a hydra recently, we all know who is to be blamed..a woman! A very ancient woman and her box!
‘Something’s Brewing’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris
Something is brewing, and I don’t think it’s going to be good.
Κάτι ‘μαγειρεύεταικαι’ και δεν νομίζω ότι θα είναι καλό.
“For the love of money..’ handmade collage by Angela Zafiris
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:10
Let it serve you, don’t let it be your master.
“Planet Drama Queen” minimal collage by Angela Zafiris
“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” Sean O’Casey
‘Breaking the ice’minimal collage on paper by Angela Zafiris
“To be the first to break the ice of the enterprize.”- Plutarch, ‘Lives of the noble Grecians and Romanes’
“If it be so, sir, that you are the man
Must stead us all and me amongst the rest,
And if you break the ice and do this feat,
Achieve the elder, set the younger free
For our access, whose hap shall be to have her
Will not so graceless be to be ingrate.” Shakespeare, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’
Collage on paper by Angela Zafiris
and foes alike
tried to cut you down
dark feathers in the wind
in this world of
and negative places
they say you have to fight
your battles alone
but they were wrong
we are not alone
an invisible hand
like a lightening bolt
reaches for you through the clouds
you were chosen
and noble of all
worthy of redemption.
‘Balancing Act’ collage art on paper by Angela Zafiris
“Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” Dr. Seuss
You can’t say it better than children’s book author Dr. Seuss!
Collage art on paper by Anglea Zafiris
My latest collage artwork is inspired by social media and the heavy criticisms that have come with it.
“The Current Issues 2016″ Handmade paper collage by Angela Zafiris
#Oscarsowhite #Syrian#refugees #Europeanmigration #capitalcontrols #toomanyproblems #putinatwar #kimjungil #NorthKorea#atomicbomb #nuclearwar #VirusZika #rapefugees #stoprape etc, etc.