Red Strings Attached by Gisela A. Züchner-Mogall
Medium: Polyethylene, masonite, stainless steel wire
Size: 148 x 100 x 15
Throughout history and across philosophies, red string has been worn for protection, faith, good luck, strength and connection. While there are different views about the properties of red thread, it is viewed as a powerful tool across myriad cultures. Today many people use it as a reminder that they are not alone.
My artwork Red Strings Attached in its roof-like frame symbolises the necessity of safety and connectedness of humans across multifaceted nations – especially in times of COVID-19 and current international horrendous conflicts. Most people feel an urge to touch the aesthetically pleasing, thick, curtain-like glistening red fibre, a shimmering object of hope. The desire to connect and feel safe is deeply ingrained in most human beings.