Curiosity is King is based on a photo taken around 1932 in New York's infamous Harlem neighbourhood. These three children look into the lens of the camera with an uninhibited, curious look. I wanted to capture the feeling of being a child, not yet knowing what awaits you, but being curious about what comes your way.
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.