Non-profit organisation EYES OF LIGHT - ARTS IN HEALTH HUB
Eyes of Light has collaborated with the visual artist Chloe Pare to implement an artistic workshop for women with cancer. In February 2022 the online workshop “Planetary Systems” was held with the participation of 11 women from different parts of Greece.
During the design phase of this project, the intention was to combine the remoteness due to the pandemic restriction, with a more tangible aspect. Therefore, it was decided, also in accordance with the artist’s practice, to produce a kit of art objects to be delivered to the participants, and function as a source material of the workshop. The paper objects were designed by the artist in a vector based programme, and were then laser-cut. Their purpose was for the participants to interact with, to manipulate and transform them in an abstract, subjective and playful manner. The design was inspired by the various motifs and phenomena of the surface of the Earth, Sun and the Moon, as the theme of the workshop revolved around these issues. These notions were used symbolically, and were therefore connected abstractly to personal perceptions and attitudes.
The workshop consisted of three weekly online group meetings and a free time in between for each participant to experiment with the material and make her own creations. After the completion, the participants kept their creations, and were encouraged to continue working with the material, as it was designed to be easily modified, flexible and open-ended. At the end, a video documentation was created by the artist combining the material sent by the participants, where the different narrations and creations intertwined.
“Planetary Systems” was realized as a pilot study under the organization’s overarching research project, titled “Arts in Health: Contemporary art with a socially engaged and participatory focus addressing patients”, supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. With the contribution of a social scientist, Ioanna Artemi, it was evaluated through assessing participants’ satisfaction and the effect of participating in an art group in their daily life, via interviews, focus groups and observation.
Chloe Paré (b.1996, Athens) is experimenting on how interactivity and audience participation integrates into contemporary sculpture through the materiality and ephemerality of paper. Via workshops, installations and art books she poses questions about life, death and cosmologies, whilst exploring the importance of play in the visual arts and society.
She is currently a PhD student at the department of Global Arts: Art Studies and Curatorial Practices at Tokyo University of the Arts under the Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship and she has studied Sculpture in the Athens School of Fine Arts and Berlin Weissensee Kunsthochschule. She has realized numerous artistic workshops and solo installations and has presented her work in group exhibitions in Greece, Germany and Japan.