By Bruno Leloup, associate art professor

According to the words of the Ecclesiastic, it seems that it is taken by granted that the simple representation of a skull is a Vanitas. Of course the work of Serge Delaune embraces this common artistic genre but involves more ideas for us to identify and think about.

The interrelationship among all the material used  is meaningful considering their own original fonction and also dialectique in the facing of many opposites: matte and glossy, smooth and rough, opaque and translucent, dry and serous, new and used. By studying the origin of those materials, we can understand their correspondances and how they serve the artwork. We can understand the context of the reflexion on the frame or the use and the enchantment of the body images as well as the relation to time: the artwork appears to be in a state of constant change and flux.

By showing and hiding, this artwork offers us a deeper thinking by confronting the elements standing before us. The paravent, revealing the body it’s supposed to hide is the perfect exemple of the confusion caused. It’s ripped, wounded pannels are obscured by was in a significant way. The Army of countless souls seems subject to random, subtile musical chord and the inside of the body, what is both lived, inhabited and kept secret, becomes the symbol of the mystery of life, embodying the evanescence nature of our soul. Each object and element needs to be observed and analyzed to highlight in the artwork something we are all made of: the memory.