In 2008, illustrator Dani Torrent took on the project of adapting Hans Christopher Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid”. The result is an adaptation that dives deep into the darkest corners of the so called ”fairy tale”.
Torrent, beautifully creates a fairytale for adults , weaving his own personal vision and intertwines them with childhood memories of gypsies, fishermen, and vagabonds. The story set in a post war Barcelona, places the main character in an industrial setting where chimneys replace trees ; and abandonded power plants substitute palaces.
”The Mermaid”, which took over 18 months to complete has yet to find a publishing house. Dani, whose version has stayed true to the text by Anderson, wanted to explore the darker side of the story. ” I was intrigued by the parts in the story that are never talked about, the things that are brushed under the rug. Disney never tells you that the Prince would only allow her to sleep outside his door, on the doormat”
Inspired by this image, he began creating an androgynous looking mermaid, one without the perky breast and the perfect smile. A soul that drifts quietly between two worlds, who is willing to change everything about her, and will suffer miserably, in order just to be loved.
Dani Torrent a native of Barcelona, found his passion for art at an early age. He studied art in Bologna, but moved back to Barcelona to pursue a career in film. At the same time he began taking classes on illustration and decided he felt more at ease creating the storyboards. His work has been commissioned by lawyers, greeting card companies and was selected by author Jan Beltran to create his book cover. Up next for Torrent, is a children’s book as well as an upcoming exhibit in the fall.