Fourteen Clowns series | Danielle El Hayek
Acrylic on Paper
37.5 x 29 cm
Danielle El Hayek
MA in Architecture, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (2018)
An architect by training, Danielle El Hayek’s style contrastingly shies away from the rigidity of the urban landscape and classical representations of space, focusing purely on the raw emotions of the inner self. El Hayek’s work aims to bring human emotions to life through vivid yet abstract portraits. The artist is inspired by the psychological theories of Carl Jung, known as the father of analytical psychology, and specifically the recurrent phenomenon of the “collective unconscious”.
El Hayek’s new body of work focuses on the study of one specific archetype: The Jester, also known as the clown. The fourteen different representations of this specific archetype aim to cover controversial and sometimes paradoxical interpretations of the “clown figure” in society. Distinct, vivid and unforgettable, the jester stands out as an immensely potent archetype of human emotion.