I want to give a new life to the forgotten children, who did not have childhood.
My aim is to illicit an emotional response without dictating to the viewer what they should or shouldn't be feeling.
Andra Daans' paintings are all life portraits, drawn and painted by the artist herself. She mainly uses photographic sources, only black and white. Archive photos found on the internet from magazines and newspapers, as well as self-taken snapshots. However, her paintings are never an identical copy of the photos: for example, she cuts out the image and transforms it from black and white into a bright color palette. She uses African patterns and contemporary fabrics to create an informative image of color, shape, and content.