Monekana

  • Deborah Butterfield, Monekana, 2001, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2001, Deborah Butterfield, Gift of the American Art Forum, Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Rushing, Shelby and Frederick Gans and museum purchase, 2002.3

Publication Label

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.

Title
Monekana
Artists
Date
2001
On View
Dimensions
96 x 129 1/2 x 63 1/2 in. (243.8 x 328.9 x 161.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the American Art Forum, Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Rushing, Shelby and Frederick Gans and museum purchase

Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Animal – horse
Object Number
2002.3
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI
Deborah Butterfield on Horses in Art and Life