Born: San Diego, California 1949
bronze 96 x 129 1/2 x 63 1/2 in. (243.8 x 328.9 x 161.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the American Art Forum, Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Rushing, Shelby and Frederick Gans and museum purchase
© 2001, Deborah Butterfield
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, East Wing
Deborah Butterfield's majestic horse is monumental in scale. Butterfield considered the animal's expressive postures in response to the natural world as metaphors for human experience. At first glance, the sculpture appears to be made of tree branches. It is, in fact, cast in bronze, with a patina that masterfully captures the textures and colors of the Hawaiian wood fragments the artist used to make the original maquette. Butterfield divides her time between a ranch in Montana and a studio space in Hawaii. Monekana is Hawaiian for the word Montana.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.
Animal - horse