Danielle about 'Après nous le deluge': "The Netherlands is the water country. In my work, water is an important source of inspiration. In the underwater Still "Après nous le deluge" (After us the deluge) I show the transience of our world. They are dark and melancholic images in which I mention a general feeling of unease about what lies ahead. In my work, the relationship between photography and painting is an important starting point. Although the series is solely photographic, I try to achieve a sense of painting quality in my photos. Making these underwater worlds is a time consuming project; the flower arrangement is placed under water, after which pigments were injected into the water through needles with different thicknesses. Thereupon gravity does its work as the pigments slowly descend and mix with the water. Then I wait for the perfect composition, before the picture can be taken."
After her course at the fashion academy DANIELLE KWAAITAAL (1964, Bussum) finishes her study in 1991 at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. With her graduation project Bodyscapes she is well ahead of her time. Kwaaitaal, who has been experimenting with the computer program Paintbox since the '80's, is a pioneer in the field of digitally manipulated photography. The project certainly does not go unnoticed, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (Municipal Museum) immediately buys one of her works from the series.