MARK YALE HARRIS
22x11x14 inches, 2004
We all feel the need at times to retreat and engage in self-reflection. But allowing ourselves to be emotionally vulnerable requires us to break through the defenses that we all rely on for emotional security—our defenses that put a buffer between us and feelings that provoke anxiety or are too demanding. The pose of “No Secrets” is a visual representation of a private moment of introspection, of honesty with one’s self and the reflexive defense mechanisms that arise to protect ourselves from unpleasant feelings.
Mark Yale Harris realized his true passion—stone carving—in the 1990s. In Santa Fe, he was mentored by Bill Prokopiof and Doug Hyde. Harris’ alabaster, marble, limestone and bronze works express the inherent duality in man’s essence. Prior to this shift, Harris spent many successful years in the real estate/hotel business. Harris’ 250+ (90+ solo) gallery, museum and international exhibitions include Marin MOCA, Booth Western Art Museum, National Sculpture Society, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Fredric Remington Art Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Royal Academy of Arts and The Royal Scottish Academy. 110+ publications have featured his sculpture in the past 10 years, including American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Sculpture News, Southwest Art, LandEscape Contemporary Art Review and Art Daily News. Harris is represented by 18 galleries (US/UK) and has works in permanent collections in museums, various states’ public art venues, upscale hotels and hospitals.