In Amanda Walker's own words: "There is a moment of transformation between self and projected persona. The infinitesimal gap between our perceived deepest self (or perhaps shadowed self) and the person we want others to see. This tiny pause interests and intrigues me. In order to explore this liminal space, I use theatre and archetype as a way to examine that moment of transition when the hidden self is replaced by projected persona and outward artifice.
In my work as a costume designer in theatre, I see a distinct and exaggerated shift from one persona into another persona as actors take on a role. Sometimes the transformation will occur over mere seconds when an actor, who arrives in street clothes to a costume fitting, will become a medieval king by adding a cape and crown. In this example, the storytelling nature of theatre transforms the actor into an archetype. These moments are the origins of much of my work.
The Fun Run series begins with three teams: Team Commedia del Arte, Team Charles Dickens, and Team Mascot. The teams are theatrical players, their projected personas are not who they really are. As the Fun Run continues, the true natures of the teams begin to show through and winning at all costs becomes the most important thing. Friendly relations break down and the teams begin to turn on each other."