After a sudden death of two friends, I began photographing the series ‘Half of the Room’ – making portraits of people, who experienced loss and trauma. These images became part of a site-specific installation within a largely deconstructed room, arranged to act as ‘windows’ of the room for the audience to look out while the subjects attempt to look back within.
‘The Room’ also included drawings, deconstructed and reassembled furniture pieces, soundscapes and text, all belonging to fictional characters from a multi-authored play. It was a play where all the roles, just like in the theater of the absurd, were lived and performed by one person. The written word and the visual elements of the installation were interlaced and mimicked each other.
This work received W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award for outstanding achievement in creative & scholarly work, and was supported by the Ontario Arts Council.