The storm, blind in its fury, had been raging on for years. Humble Warrior had felt its vicious lash on many occasions. He was in a sheltered place right now, only experiencing the faintest brush of the frigid air across his skin, and was contemplating his path.
He had trained for years, bending his will before his masters. He realized the depth of what they had to offer and he accepted their wisdom as his own. When he left behind the protection of the school, he knew he would have to forge his own way forward, adapting what he had been taught in order to triumph in his battles. No matter what he was taught, his future was his own and he would have to fashion his own armaments from what he was given.
Humble Warrior found he was only half prepared for what was to come. He had the instruction and the tools for his profession, but in many cases, those he sought out to assist rejected him. He was attacked, unsupported, and abandoned. The most demoralizing pain he felt was being blamed for the situations he lived his life trying to prevent.
Looking out into the storm, Humble Warrior steeled his resolve. He set in his mind the belief that no matter the ferocity of the storm, the sun found its way to bring light to the eyes of those who sought its warmth. Humble Warrior marched out into the tempest and bowed before those he was to serve. As he offered himself to them, he closed his eyes with hope that they would accept him.
“Humble Warrior Gives of Himself” is a piece inspired by Alexander Calder and assigned during my first 3d design course. The material is white Taskboard. The Taskboard was cut with an X-acto knife from hand drawn lines and notched to assemble. The paint is acrylic black, metallic blue, and metallic gold. Gorilla super glue was used for some of the joints and the entire piece was coated in Triple Thick Gloss Glaze. The task board became too supple after the application of the gloss and I had to reinforce the legs with brass tubing.
I was inspired to create the piece based on the feelings I have as a teacher. I see the professionals around me offer themselves up to their students in order to help those students realize their dreams. Teaching is a humble profession. The past decade has seen educators come under fire from all angles in society. No matter what though, every summer, teachers hide from the storm, revitalize and begin every year with hope.