Intuitive Alphabet by Michele Oka Doner

Intuitive Alphabet by Michele Oka Doner


Michele Oka Doner’s alphabet is, literally, a gift from the sea—like life itself. It reminds us where meaning comes from: the intelligence of our senses. We represent our experience in words, which are built on sounds, which are signified by the shapes of letters, which originate in nature: all knowledge, at its root, is sensuous.

Even before she knew how to read, Oka Doner had an alphabet of her own. Now, decades later, comes Intuitive Alphabet, and with the passage of time, her sense of wonderment intensifies. Intuitive Alphabet is a book that pays homage to that world of discovery. Her keen eye discerned the glyphic forms embedded in shells, sponges and other natural forms she found, collected, and curated during her frequent walks on the beach. The result is at once an artist’s book and yes, an alphabet book, but it carries a much larger message about looking and seeing – and on an even deeper level, it offers insights into the way in which language evolved over the years and is still learned today.

First Edition

Audience: Artist’s book for adults, and adults to share with children.

Size: 8.25 x 5.75 x .3"

Construction: Rigid covers with French fold pages

Production: USA

Publication Date: May 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9986931-0-1

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