Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Photographs of the Greek Indignants: Triada Samaras


I am an artist of Greek ancestry whose artwork investigates personal and global issues: identity, body, voice, house/home, geography and economics. The enormous impact of the Greek ‘genos:, ’Hellenism, Byzantinism, art activism, political protest, is in my veins. I took these photographs in Athens, Greece during the Greek anti-financial austerity protests (the ‘Greek Indignants’ movement) that preceded the Occupy Wall Street movement.


These photographs depict both my political art activism and my

my fierce admiration for my great aunt, then in her mid-90’s. Sophia migrated from a tiny and poor Greek village to Athens where she lived an independent life, unheard of for women of her generation. She and I were the ‘indignants’ in our family system, loudly protesting the stifling patriarchy of our shared culture, and reveling in our artmaking. We were both pronounced ‘crazy’ but neither of us cared.


My photos interpret everyday life with Sophia during the protests. We were closely following the events, often live on television. Greek people, all genders, were vehemently protesting the imposition of a financial austerity imposed by the European Union.  Sophia and I watched with great interest as feminist, class and national identity issues coalesced in front of our eyes.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Triada Samaras: Speckles on Labor Day 2021

Labor Day 2021. Triada Samaras. Digital Photograph. Variable Dimensions. c. 2021

Speckles on Labor Day. She is contemplating the school year and all the pressures involved. Happy Labor Day everyone. One of my least favorite holidays : the name makes me shudder. Alas time waits for no man woman person turtle and summer is closing slowly with or without my/our permission.

Triada Samaras: A Digital Photograph

I was playing around on my computer last night. 

Digital art making offers us so many new possibilities as artists. I used my monitor to re-envision the "Divine Goddess" in the trees photo I took in Maine and posted last time..

Here She is with a painting of mine with many blues to give Her a context. I like this do you?

I am even thinking of re-painting the whole thing when I feel better. Lingering Covid is a physical 

limitation for me at the moment but I do not feel confined emotionally, creatively, or spiritually if 

that makes sense. In fact perhaps I feel more alive than ever. Or maybe I am just dreaming 


Saturday, August 14, 2021

Sacred Tree

Dear Reader/Viewer,

You are not alone in your sense of global climate helplessness. 

I keep getting the sense that it is getting "too late" to prevent climate catastrophe...too late
too mind goes on restlessly repeating...But the future in unknown. I have been using

my art practice ln a new way lately.  I hope this image might bring you some comfort.  This photo

was taken in Maine while convalescing from COVID. 

Do you see what I see? 

I am coming into the awareness that one aspect of my art work is about the revelation to me 

of the Divine Feminine.  I did not even know that She was what I was looking for.  Now I 

think I do.  She has been suppressed for centuries.  Now I see Her everywhere, in fact.  

I think maybe I have been looking for her all my life.

Do you see what I see? She is reaching her arm up to heaven.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Leaving the Pandemic

 The Pandemic has been a period of innermost awarenesses for me.

I have come full circle to the eclipse I experienced in June of 202o.  There I heard I am a visionary.

I wondered what a visionary does?  What do they DO?

I have also realized even more fully this year I am highly sensitive person and an empath.

Again what do people like me DO?  How will the art I make now reflect my newish awarenesses?  This is not an easy answer for me. But I do believe I am on a path and this is day one.

I have not exactly shifted from one being to another during the pandemic.

But I have greatly morphed.  Or perhaps the words is metamorphosis.

And I keep seeing flying things.

First a bat.

Now a luna moth.

Then the beach.

Now a luna moth again.  I have to put these pieces together as I make art.

I upended a book of Ancient Art and found the Goddess Isis.

T.S. July 9, 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Looking carefully at Orbit

A detail of my drawing of my beloved grand-doggie, Orbit, that is a (long overdue) housewarming gift for my son Leo and daughter-in-law Kathryn Veuve who now live in Gorham Maine with Orbit and my grand-daughter Ellie. The over-all drawing is larger but my old (ancient) iPhone seemed to like taking this close-up. Ebony Pencil pn Paper 11" x 14" Bristol paper. (Orbit is a rescue dog from Puerto Rico).

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Triada Samaras: Shifting as an Artist and Human Being (3)

 Hello everyone:

What is the impact of Mindfulness Meditation on an artist like me using an simple cell phone app like the one I am using daily with Sam Harris? Like  Zach Grossfeld wrote in 2019 on Medium, it is utterly transformative. I wrote in my last post that this app was a gift from my eldest son, Liam Veuve, who beseeched me to try it. I listened. 

To be honest the words: WAKE; AWAKE; AWAKENING; were spiraling through my dreams, daydreams, waking and lseeping thoughts so regularly in the fall of 2019, that when I saw the title of this particular app: "Waking Up" that Liam "handed" to me, I spent zero time arguing with him. Now I thank my son and Sam Harris.

From practing mindfulness meditiation 20 minutes every day, I then started to listen in (tune in) more over to everything:  my self, others around me, the sounds of the city, and to nature. As a city dweller for over 30 years (Brooklyn) I feel this latter point is important to say.

"Mindfulness is a quality of being — the experience of being open and aware in the present moment, without reflexive judgment, automatic criticism or mind wandering.  Mindfulness meditation is the practice of actually being present in the moment, which in turn trains us to become more mindful throughout the day, particularly during difficult situations.  As Ms. Brach puts it: “Mindfulness is your awareness of what’s going on in the present moment without any judgment. Meditation is the training of attention which cultivates that mindfulness.”


From my growing fascination with nature, made more obvious to me when the COVID 19 quarantine began in March 2020, I 'landed' on looking upwards towards the sky over Brooklyn.  I have a roof and in quarantine I began to use it regularly.  I looked upwards daily.

What was up there? What planets could I see?  What was out there? Turns out quite a lot, despite the light pollution. I found this Stellarium page and paid pennies for an app with the same name and have been hooked/enchanted ever since. 

Looking up over NYC was another sort of waking up for me. The planet Mars lighting up Gowanus was a whole new thrilling experience for me.

Again, EUREKA!

warmly Triada 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Triada Samaras: Shifting as an Artist and Human Being (2)

Hello everyone,

What does it mean to go on a journey? And what is that?
A Quest?  An Expedition?  A Safari? A consious decision? A dream one has in the middle of the night? A longing? An unconscious decision? I have been on a very long journey my entire lifetime.

Above: A Selfie with my cellphone recently in Maine
(i-phone 6)
Yes on the 'outside', in the external world, I am surely an artist through and through: and artist, a painter, a poet, a photographer, and an art-activist, an art-educator,  an art writer, art mentor/supervisor, an art blogger, yes.  My external titles are many and and I have worked with literally thousands of students over my years. They and the external world know me as my various desciptors above.
But there is always more for me to explore, to find, to clarify for myself within myself. I am a 'wanderer' and a 'wonderer' for life, I have found and more recently accepted, and I will never find a single artwork or answer or location in time or space because that is not the point alas.

Above: Another 'Selfie' with my cellphone recently in Maine only aiming the lens 'outwards' this time
(i-phone 6)

This year, 2020, was a personal, Golden Opportunity for many reasons I will mention in future posts.  The events in the external world became so obviously chaotic and excrutiating to me that I also turned my gaze upwards to the sky and my life- long love of astrology/astronomy. 

I found Demetra George and Carol Ferris.(More in a future post). I found Mindfulness Meditation via a gift given to me from my eldest son, Liam Veuve, on my birthday during the lunar eclipse. The wass highly significant looking back.  But I was also paying attention this time.
I am finding my way back to now and the way to 'Triada Samaras' whoever she might be/becoming.

The events of 2020 and my paying close attention to them and to a few select and gifted people have altered my life immeasurably. Nature (galaxies) have filled in some much-needed information I was previously ignoring due to my predictable human nature. 

And now I am forever altered. I have shifted

And that is a good thing as far as I am concerned. EUREKA!

(And, you, too can do this but more on how in future posts).

warmly, Triada 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Triada Samaras: Shifting as an Artist and Human Being (1)

Hello everyone

I have been shifting enormously as an artist and as a human being since the COVID 19 pandemic began in March 2020. The planets and galaxies have told us to turn inward this year (more on this in another post) and I have listened.  

Image taken from the Stellarium today

I have been fully aware of all the daily political news and world events too.  I have not become an emotional hermit by any means.  However, with the quarantine and isolation,  I have had the opportunity to do BOTH/AND:  Pay attention to outer worldy events AND develop a whole new and intense focus on my inner worldly events.  Thus I have experienced a fundametal alteration of myself. This is becoming obvious to me in the way I operate as an artist as a human being in my world. BOTH/AND. I thank Sylvia High for introducing me to this idea some years back in NYC.

Here is an image (the top GIF) I embrace that deeply relates to my process: 

But it does not "say" everything. 

In addition, there are many synonyms for the word "shift" of course:

I like some of these better than others.  

Finally here is a lovely text about shifting:

I found this text here.

Again it speaks to me but does not tell the whole story. I will ponder this word and its meaning to me again and again here in future posts.  

But back to my new goal and primary purpose for this blog now:

I begin from this day forward to shift the content of this blog. Now I will focus on my dynamic shifting inner process as an artist and human being even as I also feature outer art world items of significance and meaning to me. 

What is the reason for my decision you may ask?  Stay tuned....BOTH/AND. Thanks Sylvia. A EUREKA! moment for sure. LINK

To all of you reading here:  Thank you. Namaste. Stay Strong and Well in these challenging times.

warmly, Triada 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Campaign Poster for 2020 Presidential Election 2020

I just created this poster today.
Please feel free to share if so inclined.
Let us all use our precious collective energy in the smartest and wisest way possible!
Together we are so much
stronger than we even dare ourselvess
to dream!
Let us not get get disheartened.
Let us dream POSITIVE and as one!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

New Arts Integration Project with the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Our first official meeting for the Smithsonian Learning Lab project occurred today. I look forward to working on this project this coming year with my colleagues at William Paterson, in the Paterson Schools and at the Smithsonian Learning Lab!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

NOW is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country.

NOW is the time for all good people to act! NOW is the time for us to participate in democracy, speak, up, engage ourselves, VOTE! and so much more. As a collective. Please think of one small action (or several!) that you will take during this election count-down. How will YOU help America? We all need each other. We all rely upon on each other.