Michele Oka Doner and Nancy Gonzalez “Gleaner” Bag, 2006. Sterling silver and dark bronze crocodile skin.
‘Gonzalez created the body of the bag with narrow bands of bronzed crocodile, while the handle by Doner appears to be a piece of decayed wood, perhaps driftwood, cast in sterling silver. Both the designer and the artist have re-imagined nature as a higher perfection. As if touched by Midas, the reptile skin and the gnarled branch, while still recognizable, have been gilded into an alternative, fixed, but more enduring beauty. In this bag, the scupltor’s work is an aesthetic, as well as a functional, intervention.’