Born in Beziers (France) in 1960, Elisabeth Daynès lives and works in Paris. In the early stages of her career in theatre, she was fascinated by the question of identity and metamorphosis. From the 1990s, this passion led her to painstakingly recreate the bodies of prehistoric hominids, based on the most advanced scientific knowledge. She thus became a world-renowned paleo-artist notably with her reconstructions of fossil hominids for the Museum of Tautavel or her recreation of the Australopithecus Lucy in 1999 for the Field Museum in Chicago. In 2010, she was awarded the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize. In 2011, the Ile-de-France Museum of Prehistory devoted a solo exhibition to her work, while a number of her sculptures of hominids were inaugurated in South Korea.
Using her work on human origins, Elisabeth Daynès now invites the public to reflect on appearance and the human face, today and in the future. She wishes to show that in a time of social networks and ubiquitous images, everyone is free to invent endless narcissistic mirrors: boundaries blur between real and virtual and between artificial and natural. Her work demonstrates that in the future as well as in the past, we are not the apex of evolution nor are we the only possible humanity. We were once diverse and we again become diverse. Her art constantly plays with science since science feeds much of our imagination. Both take us on a voyage through time. By greatly varying size, material and treatment while playing with and recomposing the subject of the skull, she shows us all the faces that we might have had, and that we will have one day, if that is our choice as artists.