Her work comprises mainly of large scale engravings, after experimenting with a series of other techniques, she came to the conclusion that only via the technique of engraving can she accomplish the artistic result that she desires.
Utilizing the technique known as ‘carborundum’ in order to portray her dancers, who emerge through gestural abstraction and intense colour. Behind the choice of this phenomenally effervescent and relaxed topic we find, initially, stupefaction and subsequently a form of resistance to this new reality of despondency, austerity, this imposition of the Other.Even though she does not like it when we search for precursors and influences in her work, believing that by searching for influences the viewer loses the atmosphere and the dynamic of the piece in front of them, the influences concerning theme and aesthetic do pertain to Matisse.
The pieces are all monotypes, in the context of the contemporary route followed by engraving, that is, without the need for the existence of multiple copies and the ultimate freedom of expression of the engraver.
They are works of art with a very personal signature, which conveys messages filled with optimism through its mystic landscapes which interchange with dream images and lure us on a metaphysical journey to the land of dreams and denuded senses. Absorbed by colour, textures which compel the eye to wander and with the forms of the dancers occasionally discernable and occasionally relinquished to the imagination. She wants to grant a sense of relief to the mind, the eye and the heart of the viewer, who experiences a turbulent period and has no need for further concerns.
Irene Rapti invites you into a world where the forces are found in an incessant creative process of recycling. Her monotypes can be found in private collections and at the Museum of Typography in Chania, Crete, having participated in group exhibitions.
Observe the microcosm, the detail, the gestural abstraction…it is an art which constitutes a recitation, a movement, a dance, the history of beauty, life.
A brief CV
2017-18Aristotle University of ThessalonikiMuseology-Cultural Management
2017University of IoanninaDegree in Fine Arts Department of Fine Arts and Sciences of Art
2016Université Paris 8, ΠαρίσιScholarship Erasmus+ study
2012Kessaris School, AthensGraduation Achieving 4th place in University of Fine Arts
2017Gallery Meliggoi DodoniEngraving Exhibition
2015artAz, AthensGroup exhibition with the aim of supporting the homeless of Athens
2014Polytropon, AthensGroup exhibition, 21 artists from the Saronic area
Τέχνες και γράμματα
2016-2017Museum of Medicine University of IoanninaVoluntary project
2016Konstantinos IgnatiadisPractical training with the famous photographer and teacher Konstantinos Ignatiadis