Michele Oka Doner (b. 1945, Miami Beach, Florida) is an artist and writer whose illustrious career has spanned four decades. Oka Doner is limitless in her artistic production – she works in a multitude of mediums including sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, video, and costume and set design.
Her work is intimately tied to and inspired by the natural world and its inimitable and boundless forces. Growing up in Miami Beach, she was constantly immersed and fascinated by the mysteries of the Everglades and the dynamic meteorology of her surroundings. She borrows materials from nature to construct her sculptures and installations and transform sterile gallery spaces into surreal natural landscapes.
Oka Doner’s best-known work “A Walk On the Beach” (1995, 1999), a massive 1.25-mile long piece consisting of over 9,000 bronzes embedded in terrazzo with mother-of-pearl that invites viewers to explore the vast expanses of the ground as they would the night sky, can be found at the Miami International Airport. Her works can also be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She lives and works in New York City.