'Eve #1'

Michele Oka Doner

2002 - metal: bronze

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“[Michele Oka Doner’s] figures are deeply rooted in nature, and nature takes root in her figures…”  Donald Kuspit, 2008.

Growing up in Miami, Oka Doner lived mere blocks from the ocean, allowing her a multitude of chances to sneak down to the water’s edge to collect treasures that caught her eye, pocketing them and taking them home with her. This, she states, was “the beginning of what I’d call a lifetime romance, certainly a relationship.”

The two female figures in the collection Eve # 1 and Venus #1 are named for the historical and mythical icons. The forms and textures of these works were inspired by two extraordinary configurations of coral, found by the artist on the shore in Miami Beach. These fragments had been touched by the elements, rolling around in the wind and surf, tumbled smooth with softened corners. Oka Doner brought the samples back to her studio and began to shape wax models, responding to the sensuous quality of line created by both the patterned growth of the coral polyps and the affects of ocean currents. The artist wanted to imply the endless motion of large bodies of water filling these hollow, coral-textured “human” vessels.


About the Work
About the Work
metal: bronze
overall: 62 in x 16 1/2 in x 14 in
Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.
Eve #1 by Michele Oka Doner

© Artist or Artist's Estate, photo: David Steele

  • Eve #1 by Michele Oka Doner
  • Eve #1 by Michele Oka Doner