Len Harris

In a previous existence, I was an aerospace engineer in industry and NASA, contributing to research and development in aeronautics and space. In the sixties, I was fortunate to work on the manned lunar mission. After joining NASA, I attended evening studio art classes and spent years plein air painting at remote sites in Maryland, where I now live. I also experimented with sculpture, and one piece was the precursor of my current emphasis on “ribbons of wood.” As a sculptor, I try to cause a maximum human response with a minimum of material. I try to make visible what is essentially invisible, a defining form of a subject, be it an object, the human form, a human emotion, animals or birds, or the trajectory of a body in space. And all my sculptures are based on some recollection of past experiences. Sensuous “ribbons of wood” define the compositions and to me, a feeling of movement is established through their bending and twisting. The texture, color, and grain of the wood enhance the reaction to the images. I start with a sketch, but the final image depends on the feel of the sculpture as the wood is worked.