Keto Greek Goddess of the Sea begins her Odyssey homeward to Paros, from London England
On June 19th 2020, I – Clare O Hagan will be transformed into Keto – Greek Goddess of the Sea. Keto and I were due to be on her island home of Paros, Greece on that date where a big party and exhibition celebrating her re-awakening was planned, We are now trapped in London because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, June 19th marks the first steps of an unexpected, unplanned odyssey – as we both begin a journey over land and sea, homeward to Paros. The source of the Fleet river at Kenwood in Hampstead Heath where I often walk, will be the starting point. Starting early on Friday morning Keto will journey south from Highgate, Kentish Town, Kings Cross, Lambs Conduit Street, Farringdon to the River Thames at Blackfriars in London.
We invite everyone who lives near Keto’s route, and indeed further afield, to look out for this unique combination of performance, environmental and mythological art as she journeys the streets of London. We may be in London some time but from here we will venture onwards to Greece via Paris and Budapest arriving in Paros this time next year.
On her journey Keto will wear a blue costume and mask. The costume is made from a cotton fabric, printing with my original artworks, using the cyanotype process. As Keto will be wearing a mask and gloves, walking alone and keeping a safe distance, it’s an ideal way for people to experience art outside of an exhibition space at a time when access to galleries isn’t allowed. With lockdown more people will be able to encounter Keto and hear her story.
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Keto Goddess of the Sea
An exhibition featuring Clare O Hagan’s latest collection of work inspired by Paros, the sea and plastic pollution.
The exhibition will now take place June 2021 at the City Arts Space in Parikia, Paros, Greece.
City Arts Space hosts the first showing of Irish born artist Clare O Hagan’s unique series of prints and contemporary artifacts entitled “Keto and the Sea”.
Clare O Hagan awakens Keto, a powerful Greek Goddess to save the sea from drowning in plastic. Clare’s environmental project began three years ago after seeing increasing evidence of plastic pollution along the shoreline.
Keto Goddess of the Sea
“I am a frequent visitor to Paros, and my early morning walk around the bay from Parikia to the cliffs above the Cave of Archilochos is something I love greatly. Keto came to me one morning in a fit of anger, whilst sitting on the sea cliff edge, in a spot where I watch kestrels fledge. I was so shocked to see the beaches polluted with plastic waste on the way to the cliffs. Looking out to sea, surrounded by rubbish collected earlier, I imagined that being in the home of the Greek Gods, there must be one that could give us a hand now to sort out this plastic pollution. I went off to find one and after some research I discovered Keto – the Greek Goddess of the Dangers of the Sea.
Not long after, I found a rock shaped like a Greek theatre mask whilst hiking in The Cultural and Environmental Park of Paros. With plastic debris gathered from the beaches around Parikia, and the mask, I constructed an assemblage in the shape of a figure. Keto The Goddess of the Sea was re-born. Following on from this I made a series of etchings – art prints, and photographic prints using the sun to develop images of Keto, establishing her firmly on Paros. Keto has legs, and will travel widely seeking solutions and supporting efforts to halt the destruction of the seas from plastic pollution.”
Clare O Hagan’s Keto, Goddess of the Sea exhibition is comprised of a series of over 50 artifacts, objects and prints.
Keto and the Sea
City Arts Space
Old Market Street, Parikia
Exhibition Dates: June 2021
The exhibition is in partnership with Sustainable Living Paros and Clean Blue Paros.