“I became a sculptor because of the shapes around me. The silhouette of trees in the evening and the seeds that fell out of trees — these memories are primal — there before I’m 5.”
Michele Oka Doner’s work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world. Growing up near the beach in Miami, she collected shells, bits of coral, but was also equally fascinated by the natural forms on dry land, like seed pods, leaves and branches. The shapes of the natural world became the basis upon which she developed her artistic language. The remarkable breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, public art, drawings, prints, functional objects, artist books, hand made paper, and video.
Oka Doner received a Bachelor of Science and Design from the University of Michigan (1966), a M.F.A. (1968), was Alumna-in-Residence (1990), received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the School of Art (1994) and was a Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker (2008). For the past decade, Oka Doner has been represented by Marlborough Gallery New York.
Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Michigan, and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. Her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, La Musée Des Artes Décoratifs, The Louvre, Paris; The Art Institute of Chicago, The Yale Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Miami Art Museum.
More information on this artist can be found at http://www.micheleokadoner.com
Her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Cooper-Hewitt, New York; La Musée Des Artes Décoratifs, The Louvre, Paris; The Wolfsoniana, Genoa; The Art Institute of Chicago, The Virginia Museum, The St. Louis Museum, The Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Yale Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, and the Miami Art Museum.