Walter England Gallery
Justus Fine Arts Gallery
Through the centuries on the rolling, grassy steppes of inner Asia, a warrior-herder carried a Spirit Banner, called a sulde, constructed by tying strands of hair from his best stallions to the shaft of a spear, just below its blade. Whenever he erected his camp, the warrior planted the Spirit Banner outside the entrance to proclaim his identity and to stand as his perpetual guardian. The Spirit Banner always remained in the open air beneath the Eternal Blue Sky that the Mongols worshiped. As the strands of hair blew and tossed in the nearly constant breeze of the steppe, they captured the power of the wind, the sky, and the sun, and the banner channeled this power from nature to the warrior. The wind in the horsehair inspired the warrior’s dreams and encouraged him to pursue his own destiny. The streaming and twisting of the horsehair in the wind beckoned the owner ever onward, luring him away from this spot to seek another, to find better pasture, to explore new opportunities and adventures, to create his own fate in his life in this world.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World de Jack Weatherford
Quand j’ai trouvé ce texte, j’ai compris les formes que j’étais en train de tracé, le trait que je répétais – fin mais consistant, ver le haut, un étendard, une bannière, un masque de guerrier…j’ai compris cet esprit de nomade, d’être encouragée par le vent de bouger, par le soleil de continuer sur un chemin, puis un autre. Une impulsion ancestrale.