For Machteld Teekens drawing and writing with both hands is a study into the bilateralness of the body, space and thinking all at the same time. Her books are examples of concrete dialectics in which the left hand gives depth to the right hand.
Thus her way of working can be described as ‘the unique phenomenon of a distance, however close it may be’ [Walter Benjamin] . ‘Distance’ is the pre-modern awareness that breaks through the ‘now’ moment of drawing and writing. With this way of working she places herself outside the prevailing views on visual art. At the same time, via her numerous texts, songs, poems and educative projects she is passing comment.