come out of your shell
in the darkness
you can’t tell
what awaits you..
She’s careful to never slip
Chin up in the air when she walks
The confidence in her talk
Her ‘multi-tasking’ ability
She’s mastered the code between women
Closeness to the creation
Her love of pretty things
Long hair shining in the sun
Her obsession with beauty
Critical of her body
A career, marriage and children
All happen so effortlessly
Are as strong as any mans’.
The modern woman, so much is expected from her. To be everything and to do everything. She is not simple, she’s very complicated.. I can go on and on about her. The discussion is never-ending.
FYI-The words in Greek are ‘Woman or child?’, ‘Goddess within’ and ‘fearless’.
With one wing
She can’t fly
Why stay on shaky ground?
If only she could reach the skies
If only the wing would grow.
The heart is revealed
In the darkest of times
Exposed to the four winds
To the storms outside
A heart weathered by time.
For my latest digital collage I layered two photographs, a photograph of the sea, and a photograph of statues that I took at the museum in Ancient Olympia in Greece. I then added the scanned collage background that I made. I came across a photo of a heart from a magazine and scanned it . I added the heart photo to the photograph of the female statue. The end result reminded me of a poem that I wrote a while back , so I thought I would add the poem. I named the digital collage after the poem.
Για την πιο πρόσφατη ψηφιακή κολάζ μου εβαλα δύο στρώσεις φωτογραφίων. Μια φωτογραφία που εβγαλα στην παραλία και την δευτερη που τραβηξα στο μουσείο της Αρχαίας Ολυμπίας στην Ελλάδα. Στη συνέχεια, πρόσθεσα το σαρωμένο κολάζ φόντο που ειχα φτιαξει. Βρηκα μια φωτογραφία με μια καρδιά από ένα περιοδικό και την σαρωσα στο υπολογιστη. Επειτα την πρόσθεσα στη φωτογραφία του γυναικείου αγάλματος. Το τελικό αποτέλεσμα μου θύμισε ένα ποίημα που έγραψα πριν απο καιρο και έτσι πρόσθεσα το ποίημα, το τιτλο του ψηφιακο κολαζ ειναι απο το ποιημα.
For my latest collage titled ‘The Burdens of Atlas’ I used a photograph of a statue of Atlas that was in a shop window in a souvenir shop in Athens. I printed it using a laser jet printer and then I painted over the photo since it was a black and white photograph. I wrote a poem inspired by the myth of Atlas with some inspriring words at the bottom.
We can all relate to the symbolism of of the Titan Atlas in Greek mythology. Atlas was condemned to carry the Uranus (sky) on his shoulders by Zeus when the Titans lost their battle against the Olympians.
When we walk down the street we see people who are not free. They walk with their guilt, anger, fear and other negative emotions on their backs. These emotions and feelings are weighing people down. They feel heavy like Atlas. We all must release these burdens from our backs and learn to love themselves so that they can love others.
By: Angela Zafiris
With the burdens of a thousand years
Come down from the clouds
Walk on solid ground
Look to the sky once and a while
You walk alone with the burdens of a thousand
Years on your shoulders
Disappointments and regrets you must forget
You have lived, you have lived.