Deborah Butterfield: A Contemporary Artist Rides The Range

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Deborah Butterfield: A Contemporary Artist Rides The Range
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Deborah Butterfield: A Contemporary Artist Rides The Range says
In an introduction for a 2010 book depicting a collection of Deborah Butterfield’s iconic sculptures, author Jane Smiley wrote,”I have never met a horse lover who did not gasp at the truth of Butterfield’s horses.”

Internationally-known artist Butterfield first began creating sculptures of horses in the 1970s using organic and found materials including clay, sticks, and scrap metal. For the past several decades, she has worked in bronze, cast from “stray, downed pieces of wood.” Butterfield carefully, intuitively, selects the branches and sticks which are used to “draw” her horses. These models or “ghosts” (as the artist calls them) are then cast, burning the wood away with molten bronze, bringing to life vivid portrayals of these regal animals. We’ll review a range of her work and talk to her about her decades-long quest to evoke the presence and personality of her favorite beast.
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By: Town Hall Seattle