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Michele Oka Doner

Set of Two ‘Talisman’ Necklaces

Michele Oka Doner

Michele Oka Doner

Set of Two ‘Talisman’ Necklaces

Set of Two ‘Talisman’ Necklaces

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Michele Oka Doner

b. 1945

Set of Two ‘Talisman’ Necklaces


1987, signed

two patinated bronze and diamond necklaces formed with individual links of wire, one strung with nine bronze pendants studded with diamonds in various configurations and the other strung with sixteen, in original ‘radiant motif’ box

Necklace A: 16½ in.; 41.9 cm.

Necklace B: 16¼ in.; 41.3 cm.

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Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Michele Oka Doner, Soulcatchers 2008-9, JF Chen, Los Angeles, 2009, for similar necklaces

New York, Stellweg Seguy Gallery, Soul Catchers, 1985, for similar necklaces

New York, Marlborough Gallery, Michele Oka Doner: Bronze, Clay, Porcelain, and Works on Paper, 2008, for similar necklaces

Los Angeles, JF Chen, SoulCatchers, 2009, for similar necklaces

These ‘Talisman’ Necklaces reflect Oka Doner’s interest in primitivism, abstraction, and natural forms. For inspiration she drew upon thousands of years of superstition, religion, and mythologies concerned with the apotropaic nature of soul catchers - protective pendants that meld form and function, securing the wearer’s safety while adorning their body. While the wearer may form their own opinions about what the pendants represent, the small heads and shells are taken to another dimension with the addition of diamonds, of which the artist consistently updates her

original design and adds more - a dimension inhabited by Oka Doner’s unique view of the world as a sculptor, sorceress, philosopher, and businesswoman. Symbols of natural imperfection and remnants of times past create a vision of adornment that melds form and function.