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.