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Len Harris

5515 Trent St
Chevy Chase, MD 20815, U.S.A.
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Phone: 301 656-1807

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I have been woreking with wood since a boy in California.  Now with “Ribbons of Wood”, 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 constructions 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 the wood as it is worked.  


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 wood constructions, and one piece was the precursor of my current emphasis on "Ribbons of Wood