Wendelien Daan (1965) is a photographer. She studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute in Arnhem (now part of ArtEZ). As an artist she moves between the disciplines of fashion and photography. Her work has been published in Elle (Netherlands), Harpers Bazaar (Netherlands, Russia), Vogue (France, Japan, Russia, Netherlands), l’Officiel (Netherlands, Belgium, France), l’Officiel Homme (Netherlands), Marie-Claire (US), New York Magazine, V-man, Italian Amica, Citizen K, Surface, Fucking Young and Above. Besides magazines, other clients include HEMA, Bijenkorf, Vlisco, Xandres, Viktor & Rolf, Nike, Catherine Malandrino, Banana Republic, Neiman Marcus, Falke, Le Bon Marché, l’Oréal, Christofle, Missoni, Mauboussin and DFF.
Her use of open and closed body language attracts the viewer’s attention and conveys a sense of strength. The combination of these elements, the love of storytelling and the absurd are recurring motifs in her work. In 2005 a collection of her best work was published in the book Tales 1998-2004. Frequent exhibitions of her work are held all over the world.
Miffy transformerWendelien Daan has used fragments of her photographs to create an entirely new character. By covering the 3-dimensional Miffy with stickers that form a different persona, the character she has created has taken on the shape of Miffy. The title of her statue is Miffy transformer. ‘I see Miffy as an abstract. Like a letter or a triangle or a circle. You can do what you like with it, but it’s still a circle. Or, in this case, it’s still Miffy.’