On Fire I
Michele Oka Doner
Miami Beach, b.1945
Organic material in handmade abaca paper in artist’s painted frame
39.9 x 28.9 inches
101.3 x 73.3 cm
© 1964-2018 Michele Oka Doner c/o Artist rights Society (ARS) New York.
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Photo courtesy Nick Merrick
Michele Oka Doner is an internationally acclaimed artist whose career spans five decades. Her work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world from which she derives her formal vocabulary. Her multifaceted artistic production encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, artist books and costume and set design.
Oka Doner has spent a lifetime experimenting with natural materials and forms. Her fascination with geology and oceanography began in childhood when she immersed herself in the topography and culture of 1950s Miami Beach. Scouring beaches and forests, she salvages then transforms all manner of detritus. Sculpting, dissecting, casting, welding, and drawing, Oka Doner creates mysterious works of art with poetic mastery.
In the mid-1960s, Oka Doner forged her own path, exploring the interconnectedness of ocean, earth and sky, often collapsing the categories of fine art and design. Working in both public and private spaces, her practice spans two and three-dimensional work, intimately scaled domestic objects and monumental design.