‘Half of the Room’ is a series of portraits of people, who experienced loss. These portraits 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, poems, all belonging to the 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 characters do not seem to be the characters in a usual sense, as they do not seem to live real lives, rather they served to manifest the creative process through a special photographic/installation language. 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.