Her clothes are made from fur, hemp and nettle and for decoration she sports ivory and bone beads. She has dark hair worn in dreadlocks, tattoos and a penetrating stare. Former French make-up artist turned palaeontology expert and sculptor Elisabeth Daynes has painstakingly created a model of Pataud woman. Believed to have lived around 17,000 years ago in France’s southwestern Dordogne region, her skeleton was found there in a rock shelter. The life-size model is one of two star attractions at an exhibition being held at a Bordeaux gallery entitled “The Origins of Flesh – our ancestors as you’ve never seen them before”.
My work is done just like a forensic investigation, from casts taken from prehistoric skulls, reconstructed exactly like police composite sketches.