Martina Vontobel: A Breeze of Straw – A Trilogy in Space
Materiality plays a central role in the work of Zurich artist Martina Vontobel (born 1968). The starting point for her works are mostly delicate, ordinary items such as tie wires, wooden skewers, or shingles, which she grows into expansive installations. In the process, these humble ingredients undergo a stunning metamorphosis and become highly aesthetic artistic works.
For her solo exhibition at the Straw Museum, Martina Vontobel has created a composition of three large-scale works made of straw. Visitors are invited to indulge in the aesthetic play between light and shadow, between dynamics and statics, between the inside and outside. The starting point for developing the content was the artist's examination of straw in the broadest sense. "When we think of straw," Martina Vontobel explains, "all our senses are stimulated. We not only smell it, we also see the open field of wheat under an endless sky, the heat in summer or its swaying during a storm. I am interested in these archaic sensual experiences, in the memories associated with the feel of straw."
With her work A BREEZE OF STRAW – A TRILOGY IN SPACE, Martina Vontobel wishes the audience to engage with the material intuitively. The three individual works bring different aspects to the fore. Together, they combine to create an experiential space, each part contributing to the whole.
The special exhibition is accompanied by a diverse program of events including artist’s talks with Martina Vontobel, walks through Wohlen with Marie-Anne Lerjen and children's workshops. All events are held in German.
We thank the following institutions for making this exhibition possible:
Swisslos Fund of the Canton of Aargau
The Straw Museum Friends Association
The Strohmuseum im Park is generously supported by the Ortsbürgergemeinde Wohlen, the historic citizens of Wohlen.