Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.
Last Saturday, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw a picture of a sculpture. At the bottom of the picture were the following words:3
OSEZ ETRE QUI VOUS ESTES…OSEZ LA LIBERTE!
I never studied French but I know a few words and phrases. So I can roughly translate if I have to. The word LIBERTE was easy. But I really didn’t need a translation because the sculpture spoke volumes.
Like true art, the sculpture was open for interpretation.
- What is the subject confined to? What situation or problem is keeping him stuck in one place, cemented into an environment that is cold, hard and unyielding?
- What is he running towards? There is obvious joy and relief…elation to leave on situation and enter into a new situation.
Now that I had applied my interpretation to the art, I decided to get help interpreting the French phrase.
Translation: DARE TO BE WHO YOU ARE…DARE FREEDOM!
Freedom is a great source of inspiration in the work of sculptor Zenos Frudakis. About his bronze sculpture, “Freedom,” located at the GSK World Headquarters in Philadelphia, Zenos says:
“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.”*
So, are you free yet? Or are you still struggling to break free?