Deborah Butterfield’s work focuses on the spirit and form of the horse as an intelligent mare, rather than the war horse usually illustrated in art. Cabin Creek is the name of the location where Butterfield found a variety of materials for this sculpture. She first assembled these found materials to form an image of a horse. Each piece of wood was meticulously translated into bronze, then reassembled and patinated. Such a process allows the artist 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/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.