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WARRIORS OF THE HIGH TECH (1985)
Joseph Kriss was an avid collector of kachina dolls and a skilled t'ai chi martial artist, both of which served as inspiration for "Warriors of the High Tech". The entire "Warrior of the High Tech" collection (40 in all) was created in a 6-week period of intense activity in 1985.

See also photos by the artist (pdf) of the related "Chieftains" series of wall sculptures, Warriors Volume I and Warriors Volume II.

   
"Sentry"
Warrior of the High Tech #23 (1985)
Wood, acrylic paint, leather and found objects. Collection of the Museum of Northern Arizona.
"Cat"
Warrior of the High Tech #33 (1985)
Wood, acrylic paint, leather and found objects. Collection of the Museum of Northern Arizona.

CONCEPT OF WARRIOR
"The concept of warrior implies struggle, courage, difficulty of task, an urge not only to survive but to prevail; originality and individuality of dress, thought, and behavior; choice and tailoring of weapons according to the strengths and skills of the warrior and the weaknesses of the foe; concern with combat strategy and its planning; responsibility personally for executing a plan of action, frequently against heavy odds; determination, persistence and strong will; adherence to principle -- a free spirit, vital, purposeful, and honorable; a protector and a preserver of his heritage."

-- Joseph Kriss, 1985
   
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