The fascination for the ancient notion of mankind, that the wind carries words, wishes and aspirations, prayers on strips of cloth, into the vast and endless sky has been a source of inspiration for Ute Wennrich’s banner project over and over again during the past years. Her early works are still fixed to the wall whereas later objects hang freely and can consist of several banners, giving you an impression of three-dimensionality like the four-part object “Traces” shows.
Hanging freely, the banners turn into delicately floating structures having inscribed the thoughts of being transient or even windswept and existing only for the moment. These art works are made of different sorts of paper and gauze, as well as fine and coarse cotton cloth. Further materials are fine wire netting, wax, and sometimes one can discover small traces of rust or residues of soil and dry leaves.
In Ute Wennrich’s latest work, light plays a very special part, as this banner is a weaving of tiny and clear glass beads, which gleam radiantly and appear to be a secret scripture carrying an encrypted message into the boundless universe.
A recent trip to Mongolia has encouraged the artist to take up the banner theme again but in a different way. This time the focus is on the colour blue symbolizing the never-ending sky and standing for longings, as Mongolian people believe, as well as for the spiritual concept of the western world.