S. Cooper & D. Zung
Edwina Time Traveler - Callithump
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde
Each of us is an actor traveling through our own time. We all wear a costume or a mask in the collective collage of life. As in the dramas disrupted by Edwina, so too are our lives often disrupted by someone or something that suddenly appears and changes our course.
Edwina Time Traveler is a protagonistic character who appears in various settings and tableaus along with other actors and found objects. Out of these assemblages a lineage of stories is created, each with it’s own intrinsic meaning that “resists interpretive consensus”.
Furthermore, Edwina Time Traveler refers not just to Edwina the character, but also embodies the encompassing result of the collection of assemblages; the seemingly disparate elements with themes of disruption of conformity and unexpected juxtapositions. Edwina Time Traveler is a collage where the change of environment, costume, and other actors continually renegotiate Edwina’s role. Just her very presence disrupts the normalcy of the moment. She is on a continuum, weaving a thread of stories through the entity that is Edwina Time Traveler.
As in the process of the Surrealist game of “Exquisite Corpse” the participants in Edwina Time Traveler are active agents in the making of the work through collaboration and collusion. In “Exquisite Corpse” one person draws on a piece of paper, folds it over and then passes it to another person for them to add their drawing onto the blank part of the paper. Finally when the paper is full, the drawing is unfolded and an image with its own meaning independent of the parts or the individual artist emerges.
Edwina Time Traveler is known to Wooly Mammoths and The Virgin Mary.
*Disruptor of order