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It’s the coalescence of life’s little details that creates the most fulfilling whole. From relishing in the comfort of humdrum routines to scouring the shoreline for flotsam, Michele Oka Doner weaves the human-made and natural elements of her day to find balance in both. The acclaimed artist reflects on what she’s learned about the importance of interdependence, emotional intelligence and finding macro meaning in the world around her.

Miami-born, New York-based artist Michele Oka Doner has just celebrated her 70th birthday. With an impressive oeuvre of sculptures spanning more than five decades, Michele has developed the ability to simultaneously look both inward and outward—to notice the details in the everyday and then be able to place them in the context of the world at large. Though she has written books, designed objects and crafted furniture, she is most known for transforming organic materials into sculptures that intertwine animal,

  • Words:
    Sarah Owen
  • Photography:
    Matthew Sprout

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  • Words:
    Sarah Owen
  • Photography:
    Matthew Sprout
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