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Ellen De Meutter creates a body of work with an autobiographical orientation without indulgence in complacent self-absorption. Many of her works are loosely based on memories of her childhood. The inscriptions in her recent paintings speak volumes regarding that theme: ‘Growing up’, ‘Learning from life’, and ‘Getting over yourself’. De Meutter does not use any existing material such as contemporary photographs: she constructs mental images from memory.Though her works can be regarded as growing pains converted into paint, the tone of her work is remarkably light-footed. With consent, she refers to the Italian writer Italo Calvino, who proposed that the weight of life and the reality that surrounds us, is given depth when we hold up a mirror of lightness for her – not by looking her directly in the eye. The images De Meutter constructs are disordering, drawn in sketchy, almost cartoon-like gestures. With the aid of her own pictograms or emblems she is mapping her memories, developing a personally charged iconography while suggesting stories. Her paintings do not show complete stories; they should be considered more of a storyboard.

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Not There (2), 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
23.75 x 31.5 in (60.3 x 80.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Starry Night, 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
35.5 x 51.5 in (90.2 x 130.8 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Oog Om Oog, 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
19.75 x 15.75 in (50.2 x 40.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Not There, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
11.75 x 9.5 in (29.8 x 24.1 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Sink, 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
23.75 x 31.5 in (60.3 x 80.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Kaf en Koren, 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
59 x 47.25 in (149.9 x 120.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Vogelvlucht, 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
15.75 x 11.75 in (40.0 x 29.8 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Schepen Verbranden/ Burning Bridges, 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
31.5 x 43.25 in (80.0 x 109.9 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
P2, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
11.75 x 15.75 in (29.8 x 40.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Interior (Black), 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
23.75 x 31.5 in (60.3 x 80.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
A Room of Her Own, 2008
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Stage, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
The Carrier, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Portrait with Glasses, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
The Stick, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 16.5 in (29.8 x 41.9 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Outside, 2008
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
De Drenkeling, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Vogelvlucht (drawing), 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
8.25 x 11.75 in

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Construction, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Portrait in the Forest, 2009
Acrylic, ink and oil on paper
11.75 x 8.25 in (29.8 x 21.0 cm)

Ellen De Meutter

Ellen De Meutter 
Interior (Red), 2010
Acrylic, ink and oil on canvas
29.5 x 39.5 in (74.9 x 100.3 cm)