Providing a sense of warmth, Hearth welcomes visitors with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows with shelter from the winds and weather. It has been designed to combat the isolation and loneliness so often felt in the long winter months with a canopy of fire in place of the cold night sky.
A key feature to Ontario Place in the winter is the communal bonfire, where people come to huddle together under the stars, still enjoying the magic of our winters. Hearth serves as a secondary gathering place for people to do the same: to look up and feel that sense of wonder, of family, and of warmth. With this piece I hope you find a moment of reflection, of peace, and of joy as we come together in this cocoon.
Participants are encouraged to use their time in Hearth to reflect on their community and share their experience using #hearth
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.