“The question that the painting asks (to us, painters): Let me look at you, let me look at you, you who are giving me back this look. This deep and mysterious contact, all tonality,
more than a dialogue, is something that has no beginning and no end”.
Born in Amsterdam in 1934, daughter of an architect, graduated from the Academy of the Fine Arts in Amsterdam. Died in Paris in 2000. Lived and worked in France after 1960.
Created a great number of "artist's books". Painted on canvas and Japanese paper. Thousands of drawings in chinese ink. Longtime correspondence with Anaïs Nin. Influenced by the music of Alban Berg and Miles Davis. The three films created on her work by Robert Sève, "Erographes", "Mechtilt" and "Skyros" were shown by the Montreal Film Festival in 1981 among films on Picasso, Bram van Velde and de Kooning.
Writings on her work by: Robert Franquinet, Sadi de Gorter, Hans Jaffé, Gaëtan Picon, Geneviève Breerette, J.M. Dunouer, Jean Laude, Gilles Plazy, Pierre Brisset, Olivier Grignan, Chantal Chawaf, Chantal Maillet, Hélène Cixous, Michel Bernard, Frédérick Bergounious, Robert Sève, Claude Beausoleil, Khair Eddine, Sezer Tanzug, Maati Kabal, Christine Buci Glucksmann, Françoise Gaillard, etc.
Illustrated such poets as: Leopold Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Wole Soyinka, Adonis, Italo Calvino, Abdelkebir Katibi Eddine, René Char, Lionel Bourg, Jacques Dupin, Hélène Cixous, de Sade, Marcel Moreau, Walt Whitman, etc.Read more
"La clarté du geste" poems and drawings by Mechtilt (publisher: edition de l'envol).