Michele Oka Doner

American, b. 1945

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Michele Oka Doner

American, b. 1945

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Michele Oka Doner has been called “nature’s scribe.” The sculptures and decorative objects—candelabras, tableware, and accessories—she creates recall organic forms, resembling bark, tree roots, microscopic molecules, and the human body. Over the course of her career she has created several important pieces of public art, including Radiant Site (1991), a groundbreaking tile installation in the New York subway system, and A Walk on the Beach (1995), a two-and-a-half-mile-long concourse at the Miami International Airport of dark terrazzo inlaid with bronze and mother-of-pearl. A recurring theme in her work is the marine flora and fauna of her native Miami. "Miami Beach is primal in my work,” she has said. “It was a place that fascinated and nurtured me, with the forces of nature, the dramatic thunderstorms, the extraordinary light.”

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Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
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Biography

Michele Oka Doner has been called “nature’s scribe.” The sculptures and decorative objects—candelabras, tableware, and accessories—she creates recall organic forms, resembling bark, tree roots, microscopic molecules, and the human body. Over the course of her career she has created several important pieces of public art, including Radiant Site (1991), a groundbreaking tile installation in the New York subway system, and A Walk on the Beach (1995), a two-and-a-half-mile-long concourse at the Miami International Airport of dark terrazzo inlaid with bronze and mother-of-pearl. A recurring theme in her work is the marine flora and fauna of her native Miami. "Miami Beach is primal in my work,” she has said. “It was a place that fascinated and nurtured me, with the forces of nature, the dramatic thunderstorms, the extraordinary light.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Dieu Donné
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