Art

Waves of Trash/Κυμα Σκουπιδιων

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‘You can run, but you can’t hide’! Collage by Angela Zafiris

Recently a pregnant sperm whale washed up on a beach in Sardinia, Italy. The whale had 49 pounds of plastic in its stomach. Last month another whale was found washed up on the shores of the Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. The oceans are full of plastics and air pollution has gotten worse.

The state of global air (SOGA) released a report that air pollution is the 5th leading cause of death in the world today. Countries in Asia and Africa are suffering the most due to the use of fuels like coal and charcoal for home cooking. The life expectancy of children in the countries will decrease by 20 months.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization) air pollution kills over 7 million people each year. Air pollution increases the risk of stroke, lung cancer and heart disease. Also, air pollution kills 50% of children under the age of 5.

Changes are being made in Europe with the banning of plastic bags and straws and the youth is protesting around the world for the environment. But, quicker and bigger changes need to made and everyone has to make environmental causes a top priority.

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Survival/Επιβίωση

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Illustration with paper ‘Survival’ by Angela Zafiris

A woman surfaces from the dark waves and reflects a lightning bolt that is about to strike her.

This life only has meaning when we give it meaning. Some say it’s wonderful. Others call it a journey. But, we can’t ignore the basic fact that life was, is and will always be about survival.

Μια γυναίκα ξαναεμφανίζεται από τα σκοτεινά κύματα και αντικατοπτρίζει μια αστραπή που πρόκειται να την χτυπήσει.

Αυτή η Ζωή έχει νόημα μόνο όταν τις δίνουμε νόημα. Κάποιοι λένε ότι είναι υπέροχη. Μερικοί τη αποκαλούν ταξίδι. Αλλά, δεν μπορούμε να αγνοήσουμε το βασικό γεγονός ότι η ζωή ήταν, είναι και θα είναι πάντα θέμα επιβίωσης.

Earthly Treasures/Γη των θησαυρών

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Minimal handmade collage by Angela Zafiris

I didn’t start with a theme when I started playing with random pictures. I had the hand and the silver jug on paper first and the images fueled my imagination and it gave me this result. I think the artwork could be about the environment. It seems very ecological. I started working on this in April and April 22 was earth day, so why not?

Δεν ξεκίνησα με ένα θέμα όταν άρχισα να παίζω με τυχαίες εικόνες. Είχα πρώτα το χέρι και την ασημένια κανάτα σε χαρτί και οι εικόνες τροφοδότησαν τη φαντασία μου και μου έδωσε αυτό το αποτέλεσμα. Νομίζω ότι το έργο τέχνης θα μπορούσε να αφορά το περιβάλλον. Φαίνεται πολύ οικολογικό. Άρχισα να εργάζομαι σε αυτό τον Απρίλιο και στις 22 Απριλίου ήταν ημέρα της γης, ε λοιπόν γιατί όχι;

Creativity & Courage

Day Quote Challenge Day 3

I was nominated by Manuela to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

Thank you to https://inaloveworld.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this challenge.

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“Creativity Takes Courage”-Henri Matisse

One of my favourite quotes because it is one thing to have an idea or image in your head and another to actually go about bringing it to form. There is a lot of doubt and uncertainty. You will make mistakes.  The result won’t be like you expected, but it is worth a try.

My nominees are: https://sandsoftime10blog.wordpress.com/

https://itrainsinmyheart.wordpress.com/

https://instaology.com/

 

Escape From Earth/Αποδραστε απο τη Γη

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Lets escape this world

Leave the corrupt behind

Our holy bones

Do not rest

  The air makes us breathless

                                                    The water poisons and brings us thirst

                                                         The endless warnings of doom

                                                                         and gloom

 *2 and 1/2 minutes

on the clock

                                                                       till midnight

                                                                 That’s what they say

                                                        But, not if we are a world away.

* References the doomsday clock. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock

The poem is inspired by all of the talk of ‘doomsday’ in April (again).

A Cultural View/Μια πολιτιστική άποψη

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The impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center just recently opened its doors to visitors. The cultural center is located in Kalithea, Athens and, from certain vantage points, offers stunning views of Athens, one can see the Port of Faliro and the Acropolis. For months, before its completion, seeing the cranes in the sky brought a refreshing air of optimism to the economic stricken Greece. The center has a huge  library, a pond for sailing, yoga lessons, cinema room, as well as activities for children.

Aphrodite Misses Milos

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The ‘Venus de Milo’  at Louvre Museum in France was discovered in 1820 on the Greek island of Milos.

I know, if Aphrodite spoke she would not be speaking in English, or French for that matter. But, I’m sure she would picked up a few foreign words here and there from all those years of being at the Louvre and listening to the tourists speak.

The strange thing about this post is that at the time that I came up with the idea I didn’t know that there is an actual campaign in Greece, specifically by the residents of the island of Milos, to bring the statue back to the island.  So weird! Maybe it’s a sign that it will return? It doesn’t seem to likely since it has been at the Louvre for such a long time. But, if it does happen it would be an extraordinary event to see the removal and return of the statue however you may feel about it.