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Image of Rondo 23789


Deborah Butterfield (San Diego, CA, 5/7/1949 - )



Creation Date



last half-20th century


77 in. x 101 in. x 35 in. (195.58 cm x 256.54 cm x 88.9 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

barbed wire, metal rods and wire

Credit Line

Gift of halley k. harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld


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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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