Horses have long captured the literary and artistic imagination. For the sculptor Deborah Butterfield, horses served initially as a type of symbolic self-portrait. As she has explained, “I first used the horse images as a metaphorical substitute for myself–it was a way of doing a self-portrait one step removed from the specificity of Deborah Butterfield.” Her early horses were made from clay and sticks that she picked up at her home in Bozeman, Montana. Over time she utilized other found materials, including different types of metal. In Rondo, barbed wire and metal rods form both the armature and the body of her subject.
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