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Michele Oka Doner

Changing Climates Speaker Series

Michele Oka Doner

September 26, 2013 | 5:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts | 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI
“The Ocean as Inspiration, the Ocean as Fabricator”

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose production encompasses sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects and video. Her work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. She has created over 35 public art installations, including Radiant Site at New York’s Herald Square subway, Flight at Washington’s Reagan International Airport, and A Walk on the Beach at The Miami International Airport.

In this talk artist Michel Oka Doner will discuss works of art, such as the mile long bronze and terrazzo floor at the Miami International Airport, that have been inspired by walks on the beach and Sargassum, a recently completed installation in glass at the Miami Intermodal Center. Another ocean, the Devonian Ocean under Michigan, will be referenced with images from Ancient Art at the Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Two columns, Ebb and Flow, accreted in the ocean using methods that replicate the body’s ability to create bone will explain how we can both heal and grow, physically and metaphorically.