Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (W7)
Monika Correa (b. 1938, Mumbai; lives and works in Mumbai)
Monika Correa belongs to a small group of Indian textile artists who has elevated weaving to fine art. While Correa’s earliest works were primarily pictorial, capturing the patterns, colours and textures of the natural world, over five decades, her tapestries have become increasingly more experimental and abstract.
For Frieze London, Jhaveri Contemporary presents a group of black-and-white tapestries made primarily with unbleached cotton and wool. To achieve greater expressionistic qualities in her work, Correa devised techniques that challenged the methodology of weaving itself. Earliest works such as Snowscape (1986) and Cruella (1988), evoke trees and forests, while the most recent work in the presentation, Dudhsagar Falls (2019), is inspired by a four-tiered waterfall in the artist’s home state of Goa. Here, Correa distils weaving into pure form, as freely meandering threads come to form their own patterns.
Correa was introduced to weaving in 1962 by Finnish-American Marianne Strengel, head of the Textile Department at Michigan's Cranbrook Academy of Art. She held her first exhibition in 1972, and for several years worked almost exclusively on commissions, including for Phillip Johnson’s Four Seasons Restaurant at the Seagram building in New York. Public collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MoMA, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.