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Oct 23

The Palm Goddess for Malta by Michele Oka Doner

October 23, 2022 - December 5, 2022

The human form in ancient Malta has been celebrated as world patrimony since the dawn of art’s historical reference. The use of the figure even predates the building of stone temples, so primary is the human form to the culture of the island.
To create a work of art capable of establishing a taproot in this great tradition presents a wonderful challenge. This visual language already speaks of priests, goddesses, earth mothers, and shamans. The fertile Maltese mind expresses both the mortal and the divine.
The Palm Goddess for Malta by American artist Michele Oka Doner is a work of art that embraces the figurative tradition of the ancient past. The sculpture also draws inspiration from the monumental leaves of Phoenix dactylifera, a palm that inhabits the Maltese archipelago.
This abstract but definitely female form is c. 4 metres high, a soaring figure held aloft on a c. 2 meters “trunk” that symbolizes growth from the Maltese soil. Just as the vast majority of archaeological finds represent a deity, something sacred, The Palm Goddess embodies human aspiration and the desire to be lifted up and moved forward by creative expression.
The sculpture is cast in bronze and patinated green. Its palm motif is beautiful, timeless, and resonates with the striated skirts depicted on so many of the ancient figures found in the Maltese temples.
The Palm Goddess for Malta by Michele Oka Doner will be unveiled during the MICAS International Art Weekend 2022 https://micas.art/…/micas-international-art-weekend-2022/
The work will be exhibited at the Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta, and it will be open for viewing to the public from the 15th of October onwards.
Location: Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Republic Street, Valletta
Admission: Free. Booking is not required
Viewing times: open all day, Monday to Sunday
Enquiries: [email protected]
The MICAS International Art Weekend 2022 is supported by the Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, Visit Malta, Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Heritage Malta, Corinthia Palace Malta.


October 23, 2022
December 5, 2022
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