‘Battered Bride’ (Κακοποιημένη νύφη) handmade collage by Angela Zafiris
November 25th is the international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
According to a report by the U.N secretary general “..on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.”
These statistics are horrifying and it needs to end. There is not a woman who has not been a victim of violence. This cannot continue to be our reality.
For more information visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Handmade collage by Angela Zafiris
Inner peace. Can a person achieve inner peace while surrounded by chaos? Or is this behaviour a little too detached, cold and selfish?
“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” —Wayne W. Dyer
‘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.
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.
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.
‘Desensitezed/Aπευαισθητοποιημενα’ digital collage
‘Pass the sunscreen!’.
‘Hey! That dinosaur is blocking my sun!’
Well, it was supposed to be a fun day at the beach, and unfortunately a few catastrophic events happened. Everyone remained unfazed. Stay cool and calm people..