Hero's Journey Part 6.
The Hierophant


Canvas with swirling paint has intricate ancient and modern buildins pasted over with a photocopied image of Emily Schleiner holding a chicken.
Hero's Journey Part 6.
The Hierophant
Mixed media on Canvas 9" x 9"
Emily Schleiner, 2021

From a young age I felt like a country bumpkin who looked into institutions from the outside. As a child with learning disabilities, I struggled in school. In churches I felt a sense of shame. As a college student, I felt that libraries, museums, and universities were insurmoutable organizations, where opportunities for growth and participation were few. Despite the challenges, I persisted, making my most significant strides durings post graduate work. In my work as a web developer now, I'm sensitive to my own and other's feelings of belonging.

The Hierophant card fucuses on the topic of institutions, our places in them, and our sense of belonging. In Part 6, a carved out building near Petra and a park in Seattle represent institutional buildings to Emily Schliener. With initials on her legs, the figure of Emily Schleiner is wearing overalls and stands holding a chicken in the foreground.

The Hierophant card from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck was created by A. E. Waite and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith (also called the Rider-Waite Tarot deck). It is now a part of the Public Domain.