There are a few prophecies about this year from various people who are not very positive, in fact they are terrible. I think that most people have heard of them. Recently I had a dream about a nuclear apocalypse! I hope that none of those predictions and bad dreams come true and that it’s just the same scary song that we have heard for many years now. Unfortunately, humanity is extremely self-destructive and hateful; the more advanced our technology the closer we are to our complete demise. People need to change, but they need to change before it’s too late.
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”-Plato
“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”-Lao Tzu
“If the apocalypse comes, beep me.”-Buffy
‘Love Kills’ photo shop illustration by Angela Zafiris
Being loved can give us strength, but if the wrong person is loving us, then it can kill us.. so be careful who you give your heart out to.
The inspiration behind my digital collage was the ‘Economist’ magazine cover featuring the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite holding a pistol aimed at-not at me but at the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The image of Aphrodite de milo as well as her reputation has suffered rampant abuse by many European publications in recent years. Her image ‘hijacked’, and defaced to serve up hostile messages from science and business magazines that were targeting financially strapped Greece. The irony in all this is that we are not talking about love, but about money. They could have used Hermes who is the god of commerce, financial gain and he’s also the messenger so it would be more fitting to use him to deliver the message, but instead the goddess of love was used. Is it because business people love money? So with so much hostility for Greece why didn’t they use (abuse) Ares the God of war? The many statues of Ares are very famous too. A few are located at the same museum, the Louvre in Paris, as the ‘Aphrodite de milo’. Perhaps Ares wasn’t used because he looks too strong to represent Greeks. On the other hand, Aphrodite looks more vulnerable because she is a woman and nude. I know it’s sexist, but we are living in a hostile patriarchical society.. so I guess I just answered my previous question.
I guess a small positive side in all of this is that it inspired my art. I thought I would use her image as well and put her in a more fitting scene where she is not out of her element since she was born in the ocean.
I laughed a lot when I saw this cover. Yes, I will make your day!
And the award for the rudest cover of them all goes to..
“Be Kind to Yourself’ collage on paper by Angela Zafiris .
My hand-made collage with images from magazines, text that I typed and printed, and a message attached to a yogi tea bag that I glued on to the woman in the framed image. Then, after I scanned the image on to the computer, I played around with photo shop, and I changed the colours from blue to yellow and put a heart around the image.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘The Heart is Revealed’ Digital Collage and poem by Angela Zafiris
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.
“The Waltz’ -Digital Collage By Angela Zafiris
This is a photograph that I took of a large statue of people dancing in downtown Athens on Panepistimiou (University) Street. I was in a hurry so I didn’t get closer to the statue to get more details about it, but I am assuming that they are people dancing. I decided to change it up a bit since it has probably been photographed hundreds of times. I decided to make it into a digital photography collage. The background is a collage that I made with red and gold acrylics with letters of the alphabet glued on it. I scanned the background collage to the computer and then I added a new layer an ancient Greek text that I found on-line and that I enlarged. I changed the coloured photograph into a black and white photograph and then I made the contrast of the image a lot darker to pop out against the background.