Artist ProfileTonya Hart was born in Newfoundland in 1973, lives in Toronto and in 1998; she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from York University. Over the past fifteen years, she has participated in numerous art exhibitions notably with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, National Capital Commission, Canadian Sculpture Centre and Governor’s Island Art Fair. She has been commissioned for public art projects across Canada and received awards from both the Ontario Arts Council and the Kingston Arts Council. She is one of thirty sculptors to be invited to exhibit with the GAA Foundation in context of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in Venice, Italy in 2018.
WINTER FIELDS is a sculpture installation that takes inspiration from the sun. During Canadian winter, the sun is often perceived as low, dim and distant behind forever-grey clouds. Many people do not realize that the earth is in fact closest to the sun during the winter (called the perihelion) and further away during summer (aphelion). It is the tilt of the earth’s axis, which accounts for seasonal fluctuation. WINTER FIELDS highlights the sun’s proximity to the earth during winter by emulating the sun’s magnetic fields to become a point of discovery, vitality and brilliance for the Ontario Place Winter Festival. The sculpture uses light, acrylic and metal to portray the sun’s magnetic fields radiating in vivid orange and yellows at night, while during the day the magnetic arches appear like static icicles frozen into place. Installed at Ontario Place for the inaugural Winter Festival, WINTER FIELDS shares a conceptual link to light and energy through a vibrant display of color and dynamic shape to animate the unseen landscape.