Projects : The Heroine's Journey

In "The Hero With a Thousand Faces, the mythologist Joseph Campbell describes a story structure he found within folk tales all over the world. It's a concept Hollywood dined out on for decades. Julie explored what a Heroine's Journey might look like in a 16 part suite of digital collages. The paintings below arise from the digital collages which follow.

"Waking Up",      Oil on Canvas

The journey begins. Something disturbs the status quo. Here, a bird serves her 'notice'. Has she noticed Icarus falling into the sea? Perhaps, but her internal pressure to change mounts. 

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'Unexpected Friends'.  Oil on Canvas

Another stage in the not necessarily, linear journey. 

Here the heroine is alone, or feels alone in facing her challenges. when unexpected friends or allies turn up. In myth or in life, these helpers may also take the form of an animal.  

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Examples of the 16 suite digital collage. 

Heroine's Journey Card
Heroine's Journey Card

The card's back.

Refusal of the call
Refusal of the call

Reluctance to take up the call to change or action, will sometimes happen.

Gone Girl
Gone Girl

At this stage of the journey there is no way back.

Returning
Returning

The heroine is travelling back to a familiar place transformed and armed with new resources.