As a Southerner I’m very in touch with nature. Summer nights spent outside catching lightening bugs, looking up at the stars, or rolling around it the itchy grass were (and still are) a staple part of my life. I love nature. It’s untouched by human hands, but still holds the beauty of a Louvre worthy painting. Michele Oka Doner (1945 – )appreciated the timeless beauty of nature just as much as I. While I was surrounded by Magnolia trees and mosquitoes, she woke up to the bleach white sand and sunshine of Miami Beach.
'Adam From Roots' (2007). A perfect illustration to symbolize life and death intertwined.
Thumbing through Michele’s portfolio was quite the experience. She’s one extremely talented individual. Her work spans from sketches to furniture, all nature inspired. To be thorough, she’s dabbled in sculpture, jewelry, furniture, and even handmade books. Her most recognized pieces are her medallion installations that add a wink of life to some of the most popular buildings in the world.
'Flight.' One of Michele's most recognizable pieces. This medallion is house in Ronald Reagan National Airport.
There is a merger between the natural and functional in this art, and Michele serves as the middle woman. There isn’t much written about her life. Everyone’s focus is on what she’s doing now and there’s no doubt that the work speaks for itself. Check some of my favorites below!