The life of the athlete is fraught with ups and downs, which mirror ‘The Hero’s Journey’, a mono-myth as articulated by the author, Joseph Campbell. The athlete begins at home/status quo before accepting a challenge and then departs/launches into training. Throughout he/she builds, climbs, struggles and discovers. Once the race is run, the feat accomplished, the athlete returns home to share the knowledge and prize with his/her community. “The Athlete’s Journey” represents a repeating cycle of life that moves us forward and is a passage that we all share. This artwork illustrates the complex ‘journey’ of the athlete that includes hitting the ‘wall’, navigating through challenges and continuing on to victory all of which is anchored by references to maps and iconic Japanese architecture.
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