Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Tara Keens-Douglas holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Her design work challenges architectural representation through a variety of mediums and has been exhibited at the Cambridge Galleries, Canada and published internationally in DOMUS Israel, MORF (Netherlands), Dezeen and Wallpaper online galleries. Her recent exhibition piece titled "Tapestry" at CUTMR exhibition won a 2013 TO DO Jurors Choice Award from Herman Miller & Designlines Top 100 products during Toronto's 2013 Design week.
1. 'Ecstatic Spaces' studies the relationship of Trinidad's Carnival to personal architecture and the spaces they create and occupy. The costumes are referred to as four operations of appropriation, exaggeration, submersion and sublimation. They are tools of communication, a medium between body and space. Each transforms the body during carnival, through its disguise and extension, producing an out of body experience.
2. 'Tapestry' is a dynamic paper sculpture that undulates in space. The sculpture expands and contracts to form a colourful landscape.