|Sarah Bernhardt as the sad clown, Pierrot.|
Pierrot: a stock character of 17th century French theatre. Perpetually raining black tears down his white face; an incurable case of unrequited love reprised over the course of four centuries.
Visually and conceptually, the Pierrot character is analogous to the Chinese yin yang symbol; a balance of opposites. The sad clown. The unloved lover. Light within the darkness and darkness within the light. Both inevitabilities always present, always possible, always true.
The woman caught out in the rain, her face washed down her face. The Joker of Batman fame, for whom "every slaughter contains laughter." The predatory "eyelashes" of Gene Simmons. The fierce beauty of Andy Biersack. The elegant androgyny of David Bowie.
|Venetian Pierrot mask.|
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