Intuitive Alphabet Collector's Edition

by Michelle 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: “A is For Animal…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 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 artistic production encompasses sculpture, prints, drawings, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, costume and set design, and artist’s books.


Collector's Edition No. 1-150

Publication Date: November 15, 2017

Handmade paper cover, 134 pages

Smyth Sewn binding, Vellum pages

16.25 x 10.75 x 0.75 in

Original drawing signed by

Michele Oka Doner


Proceeds benefit