Hearth is a large-format sculpture created using a combination of alcohol inks, Dura-Lar, wire, and lighting. These elements combine to create a canopy mounted to overhanging structures on the Ontario Place Island, illuminated from within. Coloured with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, Hearth provides a visual sense of warmth and provides a gathering place for a community.
Hearth has been designed in a desire to combat the isolation and loneliness so often felt in the long winter months. It provides a space to come together under shelter and warm light even through the cold and the night. A key feature to Ontario Place in the winter is the community bonfire, where people come for a moment of warmth and to huddle together while still enjoying the magic of our winters. Hearth serves as a secondary location for people to do the same: come together to experience warmth, to experience community, and to seek shelter together. When considering the theme “Cocoon/to Cocoon”, I hope to be able to provide a moment of reflection, grounded in regeneration through community. To create a space in which many people can experience the piece at the same time, and come together in healing.
Caterina Stambolic is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated with a BA Honours Studio Art from Brock University in 2017. Her work has been shown at The 2018 Annual Ontario Society of Artists’ Emerging Artist Exhibition, at the S Walter Stewart Toronto Public Library and at Ontario Place’s 2018/19 Winter Light Exhibition. Caterina works primarily in sculpture, photography and animation, but is always experimenting in new mediums. Harnessing her own experiences with depression and anxiety, her work seeks to make sense of those feelings and create spaces where people can feel a sense of togetherness and peace. This line of inquiry has led her to investigate how our brain chemistry, and specifically mental illness, affects so much of how we relate to our world on a physical level. Recently, her work focuses on examining feelings of isolation and creating pieces which inherently bring people together to view them. By using light and colour as her main materials, the sculptures await activation by a viewer as people move around the work to see each piece fully. While her sculptures shape light on their own, the participation of people is crucial to each piece, and is indicative of the powers of community and conversation when considering mental health.