Intuitive Alphabet - Collector's Edition

by Michele Oka Doner


Intuitive Alphabet is, literally, a gift from the sea, like life itself. Michele Oka Doner grew up in Miami Beach combing the sand for treasures—shells, stones, coral—that formed her own alphabet well before she knew how to read. In this book, an homage to that world of discovery, the renowned artist shows us the glyphic forms embedded in the treasures she has collected during a lifetime of walks on the beach. Intuitive Alphabet is both an artist’s book and, yes, an alphabet book, one which conveys a profound message about looking and seeing. On an even deeper level, Intuitive Alphabet offers insights into the way in which language has evolved and is learned. 

Minimal text, handwritten by the artist, is paired with photographs of sea objects that represent forms, such as “A is for Animal," and "S is for Spiral.” The result is a thoroughly original, evocative, and thought-provoking work that underscores the connection between humans and nature

The Collector's Edition features a cover fabricated from handmade paper with a naturally deckled edge, with the title handwritten by the artist on every copy; velum and recycled paper pages; and sewn-together pages. A custom-made bookstand is available for the Collector's Edition.

The Collector’s Edition of Intuitive Alphabet is a meticulously crafted, large-scale art book designed to celebrate the traditional form of bookmaking in its purest sense. Each book is numbered and signed by Michele Oka Doner and includes an original drawing by the artist. 

Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose production encompasses sculpture, prints, drawings, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design, and artist’s books. She is well known for such permanent art installations as Flight at Reagan International Airport and A Walk on the Beach at Miami International Airport. Oka Doner’s work is found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.


Collector's Edition No. 1-150

Publication Date: November 15, 2017

Handmade Paper Cover, Smyth Sewn Binding

134 Pages, Vellum Uncoated

56 Color Photographs

Textured and Recycled Paper

Original Drawing Signed by the Artist

10.75 x 16.25 in.


Proceeds benefit