The Originator Of Dance Calligraphy
Meeke Mutter is an artist from The Netherlands. When she could not find a beautiful dance poster, she decided to paint one herself and discovered a new way of capturing dance and movement. She calls her style “Dance Calligraphy!” It is never seen before.
She works with a decisive and fluid calligraphic brushstroke. She works mostly in acrylic. Her work is considered as unique, beautiful, elegant, moving and colorful. She also paints abstract watercolors. She loves to paint fine lines in the color gold. Meeke started painting in 1998 when the mother of a close friend passed away and she wanted to paint something to make her friend feel better. She picked up a brush and has never stopped since.
Meeke has her masters in Culture, Organization and Management (Social Sciences) from the Free University in Amsterdam. She also completed studies at the HEAO in Enschede and studies in senior communication consultancy. She has worked as a communication consultant in The Hague for many years but decided to follow her heart and changed careers to become an artist. She did not wanted to die and think “What if…”.
Meeke began her ballet training at the age of eight and has often performed. Watch her dance photo’s. Later she switched to competitive track and field in 100/200 meters. She came to New York City to study ballet again at age 38 as she kept dreaming of dancing ballet and stopped with track and field. Ballet was her other passion and she left all behind. She studied with great dedication at the Martha Graham Dance School, Dance New Amsterdam (on scholarship) and at Ballet Arts (Ballet and Voice). She still dances and sings frequently (watch her videos at Artworkdance on YouTube).
Meeke has blogged for the national Dutch Newspaper ‘De Telegraaf’ and has blogged for the national Dutch Dance Magazine ‘DANS’. She was also interviewed by DANS about her choice to start dancing again at 38 after a break of 20 years and was interviewed by the Dutch ‘Smart&Sexy.nl’, lifestyle for women. In April 2013 she was on the cover of the Dutch magazine ‘De Dukenburger’. Her artwork is exhibited frequently and has been used many times for dance flyers and posters for dance shows. She has donated several art pieces to the Netherland America Foundation for their Peter Stuyvesant Ball in NYC. In May 2013 she was on national Dutch TV “VPRO” about her elementary school, her art and dance. In 2015 she was on Dutch TV “TV Gelderland” about her life in NYC. In spring 2017 she designed beautiful motivational dance postcards
In summer 2017 she created a new look of Pointe Shoes with a colorful, artsy and dancing design by bringing her Dance Calligraphy onto the Pointe Shoes. The feedback on social media was super positive. She was interviewed by Dance Magazines, DANS and DANCE Informa USA, about her pointe shoe design and why it is meeting a need of ballerina’s. At the moment she is busy with developing her design into a beautiful, strong and removable pointe sticker the ballerina can elegantly adhere to the pointe shoe to give the shoe more color and flair. They will be called “Pointe Elegantia’s”.
Meeke Mutter: “I love colors, especially gold. I am inspired by dance, colors, nature and calligraphy. Being an artist means being able to focus, having patience, having the desire to create and knowing this is your passion and purpose. This is how you can mean something to other people by creating beautiful and different art. Isn’t that wonderful!
I never envisioned myself a painter, a ballerina yes. When I was 29 years I picked up a brush and started to paint, and liking it more and more and starting to really love it surprised by what came out of my hand. In all my art you can find my heart, my passion, my tenderness, my positivity (if you encounter enough dark times in your life you eventually decide to choose for positivity), my love, my vulnerability, my discipline and my elegance. A friend described my art once as Elegance in Motion and I loved that. Over the years I have been adding more and more vibrant colors to my work and started making bigger works for which I had to cut my own brushes, as for my technique I could not find the right brushes anywhere. A great challenge but I am proud of the results and looking forward having a bigger studio so I can produce even more bigger works. Talent is great but one needs ongoing hard work to maintain skills to keep improving oneself. For me the beauty will always be in the art and skill of painting a dancing and moving figure through just a couple of decisive and fluid calligraphic brushstrokes which seems so deceiving simple but it is so precise, deep and rich at the same time to me.”