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Eschaton/Εσχάτων (End Times)

The End Times Are Here..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

Your Love Kills/Η Αγαπη σου Σκοτωνει

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‘Love Kills’ photo shop illustration by Angela Zafiris

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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.

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I laughed a lot when I saw this cover. Yes, I will make your day!

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And the award for the rudest cover of them all goes to..

Slave Τo Time/Σκλάβος Με Το Χρόνο

‘Slave To Time’ by Angela Zafiris
Handmade collage background with layered photographs of a mountain, tree branches and female statue in the foreground.

This is my first artwork for this blog in 2014.   I thought that it was fitting since the subject is about time and this is a new year, a new time. A time of reflecting on the year that has passed and making new resolutions.

Time seem to pass by so quickly.  We are always being made aware of the time that passes because time is everywhere. We wear the time on our wrists, we see the time on our television screens, computer screens and telephones. We are constantly told how valuable and precious it is.  We are told to never waste our time. It is considered a great sin to waste time. Time has to be well spent. No idleness, no daydreaming. Your time has to be productive every minute like a machine. My great-grandparents didn’t have the exact time. They followed the movement of the sun. They looked at the shadow on the ground and they knew what time it was, although not accurate to the minute, but accuracy wasn’t necessary back then. They were not panic-stricken by the passing of minutes as we are now so they moved at a slower pace. Today we are slaves to time . We consume so much of everything now and time will never be enough.