The Artistry of Zenos Frudakis: Freedom Embodied

Sculpture, "Freedom" by Zeno FrudakisI was recently introduced to the artwork of Zenos Frudakis. Zenos is both creative, as is evident in his work, and extremely generous. He has agreed to allow me to use (without charge) a picture of his beautiful sculpture aptly entitled, “Freedom.” (My husband did the cover art design, which is pictured in this post.) Here are few excerpts from Zenos’s statement as to his vision for this particular work.

“I wanted to create a sculpture almost anyone, regardless of their background, could look at and instantly recognize that it is about the idea of struggling to break free. This sculpture is about the struggle for achievement of freedom through the creative process. Although for me, this feeling sprang from a particular personal situation, I was conscious that it was a universal desire with almost everyone; that need to escape from some situation – be it an internal struggle or an adversarial circumstance, and to be free from it.” […] Although there are four figures represented, the work is really one figure moving from left to right. The composition develops from left to right beginning with a kind of mummy/death like captive figure locked into its background. In the second frame, the figure, reminiscent of Michaelangelo’s Rebellious Slave, begins to stir and struggle to escape. The figure in the third frame has torn himself from the wall that held him captive and is stepping out, reaching for freedom. In the fourth frame, the figure is entirely free, victorious, arms outstretched, completely away from the wall and from the grave space he left behind. He evokes an escape from his own mortality.”

To read Zenos’s statement in its entirety, click the following link.

In this age of hyper-capitalism, I am extremely grateful for artists such as Zenos who still love art for art’s sake.

4 thoughts on “The Artistry of Zenos Frudakis: Freedom Embodied”

  1. This was connected to the hotel I just stayed at in Philly while looking for housing!

    Which brings me to say congratulations about the Villanova position. I am also taking up a position in Philly, at La Salle in the Religion Department. Perhaps we will run into each other. Best of luck!

  2. Thanks for the congratulatory remarks, Anthony. Congrats to you as well. We are having a party at our new place this Friday. I’d love for you to join us. I’ll send you the evite in case you are free and want to attend.

  3. Would love to attend, but won’t be in Philly until late August. I am finding it funny how many confessing friends I know are getting jobs in philosophy departments and then weirdo me gets a job in religion teaching theology and religious theory! Do you know Joshua Ramey? He is a Nova grad, teaches at Harverford now, and lives near where I’m moving. We’ll have to get together near our place and hash out some stuff on Scotus and French theory!

  4. Definitely, let’s do it. I’m probably FB friends with Joshua, and we might have met at AAR–I have a terrible visual memory. Shoot me an email when you are settled in Philly. We plan to have gatherings of intellectuals at our place on a regular basis and would love to have you and Joshua attend.

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