Nurielle Stern. Eyes of Metal and Agate (detail) , 2013-2014. Glazed porcelain, mica. Image courtesy of the artist.

Every So Often

Ed Colberg, Azza El Siddique, Marie-Eve G. Castonguay, Nurielle Stern

Curated by Curated by Melanie Egan and Patrick Macaulay

September 30 – September 30, 2020



Every so often you encounter something that causes a perceptual shift and challenges notions of comfort and familiarity; leaving you in thrilling state of confusion and curiosity.

– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design and Patrick Macaulay, Director, Visual Arts



Ed Colberg

I have a great affinity for bears because of their power and their dual nature. Though they are one of the most powerful creatures on earth, they are also gentle, curious and playful,  for the most part. Bears want what people ultimately want – to be well fed, to be safe and to procreate. Perhaps each bear sculpture is a self portrait of sorts.

– Ed Colberg

Ed Colberg was first introduced to working with hot glass in 2005. He has studied glass blowing and glass sculpture with many prominent names in the Canadian and  international glass-art community. He graduated with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2014. Colberg currently lives in Toronto where he is a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre.


Azza El Siddique

What, Where, When explores our perception and understanding of materials and objects through visual dialogues and the negotiation of space. In these synthetic environments, everyday materials and objects are presented in a way that shifts our perception of how things are typically used and what they mean. Objects are re-contextualized in an attempt to explore our understanding of the relationships between things. Considering form versus object and object versus space creates a continuous discourse between the familiar and the unfamiliar.

– Azza El Siddique

Azza El Siddique is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, painting, photography and film. Her work explores the contextualization of objects in space and the dialogues that arise through placement, material and form. El Siddique received her BFA from OCAD University majoring in Material Arts and Design. She recently completed The Chautauqua School of Art residency in Chautauqua, NY, and was accepted as an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre in 2014.


Marie-Eve G. Castonguay

Tricking the viewer with the use of stark and rigid forms, this body of work plays on the ambiguity of the machine aesthetic. The coldness of the design gives the impression of stillness and inactivity, yet there are also visual references to mechanics and kinetics. Castonguay therefore emphasizes the contrast between the severe look of the pieces and their actual playfulness. With the simple gesture of putting the pieces on and off, the wearer plays an active role in making them reach their full potential. Strongly interested in the physical interactions between art and its viewers, Castonguay plays on form and function in order to create an intimate relationship between her work and the movements of the body.

Marie-Eve G. Castonguay is an emerging jewellery artist originally from Quebec City. After receiving a Diploma at the École de Joaillerie de Québec (2011), she earned a BFA from NSCAD University, where she majored in Jewellery Design & Metalsmithing (2013). Her work has been showcased in various exhibitions in Canada and in France. Castonguay is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre.


Nurielle Stern

Ceramic creatures
of liquid and bone stand motionless,
guarding treasures
of eras faded beyond recall.
In those centuries
the primacy of written language,
the craftsmen
were storytellers
and the artists’ painterly sleight of hand
the spoils of nature for all to gaze at
and wonder.

– Nurielle Stern

Nurielle Stern received an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University (NY) in 2014. She studied sculpture at OCAD (BFA, 2007) and ceramics at Sheridan College (2009-12). She creates sculptural objects and installations within the medium of ceramics. Her pieces are saturated with texture and vibrant glazes giving them a hyper-real quality. In her work, Stern makes tangible a fictional world of her own imagining, creating things that are at once strange and familiar. Thematically, her work explores the formability of our world through language, the narrative potential of common objects, and the dialectics of inside and outside – the tamed and the wilderness.

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