Deborah Butterfield’s work focuses on the spirit and form of the horse as an intelligent mare rather than as a war horse which is usually illustrated in art. Cabin Creek is the name of the location where Butterfield found a variety of materials for this sculpture. First, she assembled the found materials to form an image of a horse. Then each piece of wood was meticulously translated into bronze, patinated, then reassembled. Such a process allows Butterfield to create works appropriate for outdoor placement.
Deborah Butterfield. Cabin Creek, 1999. Bronze, 88 x 122.5 x 30.5 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Deborah Butterfield.