Notice about Life's Circus (2017)

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Life's circus evokes multiple personality that is considered either as a psychic disorder or as a human faculty inherent to every human being, allowing her/him to cope with situations encountered during life. The asexuality of the main character combined with female and male body parts evokes the question of transgenderism and the link between personality and sex. The tenderness and harmony emanating from this character does not describe a dramatic or depressive situation, but rather a festive and choreographic serenity of the recognized and accepted multiplicity. The drawing is entitled "circus of life" perhaps in an unconscious reference to Cirque of Georges Seurat which celebrates the popular circus festivity and its flamboyant side ... but also mundane and superficial. One could imagine, in the background, two theater spotlights and rows of seats on which there are spectators. The dance pose of the characters also suggests the presence of a musical source that supports the choreography.

But ... the vanity and superficiality of the scene becomes more obvious (and cruel) if we reinterpret the background image as that of a skull, seen from inside, with empty eye orbits and double rows of teeth. In the same spirit as Gauguin in L'esprit des morts, we are in presence of the association of a living and young form with the constant and permanent threat of the finitude of life hidden in the shade. Finally, this drawing combines the intoxicating oceanic sensation of a dancer in union with the music and the multiplicity of emotions that it evokes, but also the ecstatic sensation of death with absolute control and abandonment. (Gordon Rosemary, « La pulsion de mort et ses rapports avec le soi », Cahiers jungiens de psychanalyse, 2003/2 (n° 107), p. 67-84.)

This work is representative of several drawings that deal with existential or spiritual themes, often related to the afterlife, or sacrifice. It also takes up the theme of the androgynous, sometimes represented as an angel, as an ambivalent person, both separated and union of multiples, some kind of universal human being.