Big World

Edward Mowbray

1984, 18:00 minutes, colour, English


Big World is Part 2 of a series addressing patriarchal myths and realities. Man is coming to terms with his guilt and attempts to wash away his inherent oppressive behaviour. Using Sisyphus as a figurative symbol of the potential backlash, a man tries to see the forest, but all he sees are the trees. A woman is not entirely absolved, for the myth and the pedestal are perpetuated by her doing as well. The rock representative of patriarchy's weight is not a fixed one, for it is different with each individual.

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Critical Writing

Present Tense: In Conversation with Edward Mowbray
by Karen Knights and Edward Mowbray. Video Guide, Mar. Spring 1985, v. 7, no. 2.
The New Work Show
by Victor Coleman. Vanguard, Nov. 1984, v. 13, no. 9.
The New Work Show
by B.D. Hershorn. Toronto: Litho Offset, 1984.