Castle St. Martin
Born 1957 in Vienna, Austria, ONA B. has worked as a painter, photographer and installation artist, as well in Land Art, Conceptual Art and Experimental Sound. Since 1987 she is working together with Evelyne Egerer, Birgit Jürgenssen (+2003) and Ingeborg Strobl and since 1993 also with Lawrence Weiner (NY), in the artist group DIE DAMEN. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Society of Women Artists and Artists in Austria (Vienna Künstlerhaus). ONA B. now lives in Vienna, Bisamberg and Strasshof / Nordbahn and she works as a freelance artist and curator.
"THE HEY IS ALREADY DRY IN THE MOUNTAINS"
The installation of ONA B. consists of single stem hay dry devices with 3 cross braces each. It reflects the origin and development of an old agricultural practice that has been known since the Iron Age and shaped the landscape in Europe for centuries. Each “Hoanzn” is made by hand and is unique. These devices were highly prized and given monograms or names; today, with a few exceptions in the highlands, they are being replaced by machine systems. ONA B. brings this traditional cultural asset of the hay harvest back into the landscape and into the memory of society. ONA B. reconnects the human standard in yesterday's agriculture with the present in her art.