In the depths of winter and its darkness, Circadian Rhythms seeks to disrupt the monotony, melancholy and loneliness inherent to these long, cold months. Not only is this time of year dominated by darkness in a literal sense, it is also a time of year dominated by emotional darkness. The absence of light in the midst of freezing temperatures chases us back into our homes to await the return of spring. This colder and darker time of year has a harmful effect on our mental health, and as a result many Canadians experience varying degrees of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Circadian Rhythms has been created to reflect the depth of our connection to our surrounding environment. It strives to encourage all of us to approach this time of year understanding of the different mental spaces our community experiences and to enforce the importance of self-care in all its facets.
Hidden in the side of a tunnel nestled in the twisting pathways, park visitors will be drawn to the myriad of lights emanating from this cavern. By using a combination hand-crafted resin sculptures and laser-cut acrylic pieces, at first glance the cave will appear to be filled only with glowing crystals and otherworldly rocks. However, when standing directly in front of the opening, these elements will align to reveal a face emerging from the cave floor. Look closer, and you will see the many hands reaching out from the depths of crystals and shards. Allow yourself to get lost in the lights twisting amongst the sculptures and to reflect on your own experiences in these long months. While this winter will force many of us to retreat into ourselves, we must always remain aware of those around us who can provide love, support and comfort, even if at times we cannot see them.
Caterina Stambolic is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Caterina graduated with a BA Honours Studio Art from Brock University in 2017. She works primarily in sculpture, photography and animation. Most often, her work focuses on using the external human body as a vehicle to communicat the inner-workings of thought and emotion. Over the past year, she has narrowed this line of inquiry to investigate how our brain chemistry, and specifically mental illness, effects so much of how we relate to our world on a physical level. Caterina’s work relies heavily on delving into personal experience with mental illness: depression and anxiety in particular. To articulate these complex and layered themes, she prefers a multi-disciplinary process which allows for experimentation and collaboration. To realize this installation, she commissioned a score designed to soothe viewers, created by Henry Paterson, a multidisciplinary musician based in Toronto.