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Venus #1

About the work
  • Medium metal: bronze
  • Credit Line Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier
  • Technique cast
  • Accession Number 2014.1.91
  • Dimensions 62 in x 18 in x 13 in
  • Location Storage
1. © Artist or Artist’s Estate

The two figures in the collection, Eve #1 and Venus #1 are named for their respective historic and mythical icons.  The forms and textures of these works were inspired by two extraordinary configurations of coral found by the artist on shores of Miami Beach.  These fragments had been touched by the elements, rolled around in the wind and surf, tumbled smooth and softened.  Oka Doner, who is an avid collector of natural objects, brought them back to her studio where she began to shape wax models.  Responding to the patterned growth of the coral polyps and the sensuous line created by the ocean’s currents, she created these coral-textured figurative “vessels”.

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