(typed writings) involve obsessively repeated letters and signs in the style of concrete poetry, particularly that of the British Benedictine monk Dom Sylvester Houédard, whom Schendel got to know in the late 1960s. Yet as writings Schendel's Datiloscritos
are illegible. These are not poems but abstract drawings featuring careful geometric shapes. Repetition, we know, was for the Minimalists the quintessential anticompositional device; here, though, repetitive operations become thoughtful, delicate forms of composition... the Datiloscritos
suggest the mechanical noise of a typewriter, percussive, inarticulate, yet tactile and incisive at the same time."
Luis Pérez-Oramas, in Exh. Cat. New York, Museum of Modern Art, León Ferrari and Mira Schendel: Tangled Alphabets, 2009, p. 38