Berlin artist Ilona Kálnoky was born in Styria in Austria in 1968. Her artistic career began with training in ceramics. She later studied sculpture in Berlin at the Weißensee School of Art and was a master’s student of Bernd Wilde and Karin Sander. Her works arise from questions of the quality and character of materials and examine the juxtaposition between art and artifice.
In Bad Gastein, the artist is showing an installation made of processed Plexiglas tubes that release their content of salt, which has been compressed into static forms but is still in motion through various slits, holes, and grooves. Ilona Kálnoky is fascinated by the material of salt, because due to its lack of rigidity, it is often not considered a sculptural material. First, sculptural stability is formed with the use of Plexiglas tubes, then the salt forms shapes, which can be rugged, angular, soft, or flowing.