ATHENA POLITOPOULOU-KARGSTEN Anatasis (Exaltation) 1987 [R/A] - x +


CN: PoKa1987anat

MT: Dionysos marble on base (142x44x9 / B:22x50x36)

DN: Ms. Athena Politopoulou-Kargsten - 2012

LC: ACG - John S. Bailey Library

CM: Athena Politopoulou-Kargsten's Anatasis is part of the Triforms sculpture series, in which three surfaces represent the human form in slight motion. In this series, the sculptor places three thin surfaces, superimposed in perspective one against the other, silhouetted after slightly varied outlines of an abstracted human form. The originality of Athena's sculpture lies in the fact that the Triforms optically evoke the sensuality of the feminine figure in motion as much with dynamism as lyricism. The Triforms are set in various poses of graceful dance movements, whose sweeping curves and smooth surfaces can be viewed and fully appreciated from all sides. The open spaces within the shapes of the figure become part of the design, and accentuate the perspective, through which an intricate play of light and shadow seeps in. This is best observed with natural light, as the movement of the sun endows Anatasis with the everchanging sundial effect.

Athena's Anatasis was inspired from variations of archaic 'korai' (maidens) of Greek antiquity. Herewith, she represents a standing female figure in calm movement. Especially the middle surface, which chromatically varies in the plexiglass version, refers to the movement of her veil. The sculpture's quality in the round is based on the interplay of lines. Every line is perfectly thought through and additively contributes along with the others towards a harmonious composition. The opening in the form lets the light penetrate the body highlighting its wise design. This opening serves as a relieving shape to the material's weight. The balance of curves and straight lines reflect the harmonization of freedom and discipline.

Athena's several pencil drawings of the female figure in motion enable the viewer to understand how Anatasis was conceived. These drawings were transcribed into paper maquettes, which Athena transferred onto monumental sculpture. The impeccable sense of Anatasis was effectively attributed by various materials; marble, wood, and plexiglass. The present first version of Anatasis in Dionysos marble evokes purity and elegance. The second version in plexiglass has the added attraction of transparency, which allows one to see right through the forms. The third version in wood evokes primordial sources of sculpture. The interplay of materials, extraordinarily moving in their poetic contrasts of texture, arouses an emotional response in the viewer. In closing, further to Athena's given contribution to abstract sculpture -which concerns nonrepresentation- Anatasis is characterized as an abstracted work of art in the verge between abstraction and figuration.

It is worth noting that, when in 2011 the American College of Greece commissioned her to design the "ACG Alumni Awards" in plexiglass, Athena based its design on Anatasis. One year later the artist donated the original marble sculpture to the College.

[Megakles Rogakos 02/2012]

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