Ranciere defines the “free appearance” of the Juno Ludovici as not “affirming the artists unlimited power of creation, not to demonstrate the powers specific to a particular medium. What the ‘Free Appearance’ manifests is the essential characteristic idleness or indifferency of the statue.
This is a key phrase that links strongly with my personal artistic integrity.
What I interpret Ranciere to be saying is that the art work is indifferent. It is not about the likeness the artist has achieved or the skill of the artist, nor is it about the work itself. The work is idle. This idleness allows the viewer to play freely with ideas about it, ideas that are not beholden to it not to its creator.