Heavy shadows they wear
and paint on cheeks that change
radiant, strange

stones of value decorate their look
tempting your tired mind

with no future, no mercy

their obscure smile burns the serpent’s vision
carefully with knowledge and pleasure 

You fought hard and became weak
fell on the ground like the air 
cold and invisible 

while they were watching you 

from their tall golden chairs


You hear them sing at the dawn
the song of melancholy they sing 

when all the birds are gone:
“If you would really know me
you would know 

that I have one face only
desires are my fires
I want you

I don’t care about other admirers
I wish you would want me too”


How many looks they have in your dusty books
How many allegories, poems, stories
How many names, lives
How many answers, how many lies

If you would really know me
you would know

that I have one face only


                       - ivet butler

ANCIENT ABSTRACTION OF WOMAN: The idea of Ancient Abstraction of Woman occurred to me while I was reading about ancient goddesses and queens and discovering fascinating information about them and the times they lived in. I was trying to imagine their appearance, behavior and feelings to the point that I decided to create my own goddesses, warriors and queens of those ancient times, all with their irresistible eyes and decorated mainly with peacock feathers.
Ancient Abstraction of Woman is a mixed media project. In the darkroom, I printed multiple images of one or only a few expressions of each model, then I created a different look for each piece by adding different elements to it with printing, solarizing, painting and collaging.

Fearless, alluring
the world admires them
glorifies them
keeps them alive
Goddesses, Queens, Warriors 

of the ancient times who love, hate

committing crimes

reaching for swords
with no waste of words

dancing with flowers
on the edge of the highest towers
with their hearts open
and lips calling for a kiss
they are your morning bliss

XeŽena I
CleoMatra I
kAthena I
Keridwen I
Keridwen II
Keridwen III
XeŽena II
XeŽena III
XeŽena VI
CleoMatra II
CleoMatra III
CleoMatra IV
kAthena II
kAthena III
kAthena IV
TinKa I
KaTu I
XeŽena V
CleoMatra V
MatKu I
MatKu II
kAthena V
CleoMatra VI
XeŽena VI
CleoMatra VII
XeŽena XI