I was inspired to make this collage by the act of solidarity toward Greece during last August’s horrific fires. Many volunteer firefighters from Greece and beyond as well as professional firefighters and equipment from: France, Romania, Poland, Cyprus, Ukraine, Israel, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia lent a helping hand to Greece.
We are very grateful and thank everyone who helped Greece in the time of need.
In a world that is facing many crises it is a beautiful thing to see people come together; to see the humanity in a time of aggression, anger and division. .
Paper collage on 40 x 40 cm canvas By Angela Zafiris
When I began making my artwork I had no idea what the theme would be i just worked from intuition placing images together on the canvas. When I was done, I decided that I was going to call it ‘Precious Time’ since I used jewels and faces of watches. That same day I was on the internet when I cam across an article n about mythological creatures. One creature that caught my attention was that of Charybdis. In Greek mythology Charybdis was the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia . She was once a beautiful naiad who was turned into a sea monster by Circe, a witch, who was extremely jealous of the maiden. Charybdis is the personification of a whirl pool in the ocean that sinks Greek ships. She is referenced in Homers’ ‘The Odyssey’ where Odysseas is faced with Scylla (another monster) and Charybdis in a narrow strait and where Scylla took the lives of some of his crew men.
Was it mere coincidence? Fate? Whatever it was I just thought it was so odd how I came across this mythology that I wasn’t very familiar with on the day that I was to name and publish my artwork on my site. Artwork that might have been inspired by the mythology but was not-or maybe it was… perhaps subconsciously?
Happy New Year! Today is the Chinese new year and I believe-like the Chinese that the New Year starts at the end of January and not at the beginning. This gives me more time to work on my resolutions for this year ;)))
The idea for my new collage titled ‘Free Woman’ came to me last week. It’s my first completed collage of the year. I used white tissue paper for the background and added some colour. The bird coming out of the woman represents the free bird hidden within all of us waiting to be set free. I like to use text in my collages. I like to write poetry, so I put some text with poetry that I wrote and pasted it onto the bird.
“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free til they find someone just as wild to run with them.”
For this collage I used a photograph of a red rose that I had taken in my garden. I altered the photograph by sanding the photo and then I painted the photo with acrylics. I then scratched the photo and I wrote a little poem which isn’t visible in the scan. The gold clover leaf is a real clover leaf that I sealed in rice paper. I painted the leaf gold with gold acrylic paint.
Mixed-media on paper by Angela Zafiris
For ‘My Bliss’ collage I used a lot more colour but it is darker than the scan. I used images from magazines, oil pastels, black markers and acrylics.