Traditional women’s work linked to crafts or textil and embroidery was reconsidered for the first time when Rosemarie Trokel wove Cogito, Ergo sum on a scarf or when Isa Restheiner embroidered letters of the Phoenician alphabet in several linen rectangles. Some artists have taken textile practice as a point of reference in their works as show the extraordinary pieces of Teresa Lanceta, the cotton works of Asger Jorn or the tapestries of Joan Miró.

Nothing is totally included in the Mónica Jover (Alcoy, 1974) artworks. Her pieces are waiting to achieve a container to which adapt them on, just like a glove. They will adhere like a second skin. Bundles of threads escape from the paintings to colonize external territories. Therefore, the temporal space coordinate of their green windows is changed. The threads shout, escape and expand around it.

Monica’s Jardines remendados, climb, go beyond the corner of the room. Her Jardines Verticales (vertical gardens) evoke the skylights of the space of Espai Nivi and pierce them, spilling their green on the ground like a tongue of moss or grass. Her Totems and even her «vitaminized» windows are some kind of trompe l’oeil. Theycome to be like different ways of being in space.

Jover tightens the threads to form unusual architectural planes like color fields sometimes even with ladders ranging from vibrant green to citrus yellow. All this gives a powerful feeling of freshness, of green forest where you can hear the murmur of the water of a nearby stream.

Monica Jover’s pieces invite us to a refreshing ecological look. The landscapes of Jover are our landscapes of soul, their land is the land we tread on and their home is always the one where they will be installed. Her green and vertical windows opened to the environment are an Alberti’s window that reconnects us with the chlorophyll of life.

© Silvia Tena


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