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Jon Marro

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In collaboration with Acme Archives, I was allowed to illustrate a piece of “fan art” depicting anything within the Star Wars universe. I love mythology, and Star Wars is undoubtedly a modern myth perfectly recounting the Hero’s Journey. One of my favorite scenes in “The Empire Strikes Back” is when Luke Skywalker goes and visits Yoda on the planet Dagobah and receives advanced Jedi training in the swampy obstacle-course-underbelly-metaphor-of-his-mind. In this mystical, nightmarish, and deep psychological scene, Luke confronts his greatest fear and nemesis, Darth Vader. He promptly decapitates him – only to reveal that under the mask is Luke’s head and face. This revelation paralleled to me the myth of Perseus and Medusa and the famous bronze sculpture by Benvenuto Cellini, where Medusa’s face is Perseus’s as well. The symbolic surrounds the painting Luke’s iconic pose are depictions of his allies, mentors, tests, and trials all of which aided him in confronting his fears and bringing back newfound strength, focus, and faith in The Force. May we all find the courage within to live out our version of this mythic undertaking. - Marro Art Studio