Artist – Special educator
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
Faculty of Education, University of Derby, UK.
Thesis title: “The effect of an art program with the use of an empathy-based model for adolescents with Asperger in a Centre of Creative Learning Activities”.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture , GR
Grade: Excellent (9.28/10)
Thesis title: “Mental-accessible museum educational programs for visitors who were diagnosed with autism spectrum: an action research”, thesis grade: Excellent (10/10).
University of Ioannina, Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences
Admitted 4 th Grade: Very Good (7.87/10)
Grade of visual arts dissertation: Excellent (10/10)
Design and implementation of workshops for visitors with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Alteration of the museum educational program “Approaching the plants and animals differently”, in order to become accessible for children with ASD. Implementation of the program.
16th International Conference of the Hellenic Educational Society, “The school in democracy, the democracy in school”, University of Thessaly, Volos.
7th National Autism Conference, “From diversity to disorder”, Hellenic Scientific Network for ASD, Athens.
Annual Conference of Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) and Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA), "Imagine Tomorrow: Practitioner Learning for the Future", University of Osijek, Split.
Scholarship of the European Commission and the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY), “Studying abroad” Erasmus +, 6 months study period in the University Paris 8.
Scholarship of the European Social Fund (ESF), 2 months internship in the studio of the professor - photographer K. Ignatiadis
“Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training” Center of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (ΚΕΔΙΒΙΜ), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Educational program of screen printing, ArtNoise gallery, Thessaloniki.
Educational program of screen printing, ArtNoise gallery, Thessaloniki.2nd Summer University “Greek Language and Mass Media: Promotion of Cultural and Educational Activities”, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina and Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University.
- Greek: Native language
- English: Proficient user (C2)
- French: Proficient user (C1)
- Spanish: Independent user (B1)
- Greek Sign Language: Independent user (Level 2)