I’m not typically a fan of “western art.” Living in Colorado, however, means I cannot avoid it. Liz and I again visited the Denver Art Museum this past weekend, which perhaps not coincidentally has a large exhibit of western art. In spite of my feelings on the genre, each time I visit the DAM, I find myself returning to the western collection, with something like excitement propelling me there.
What has enacted this change? A horse. More specifically, a found-steel, scrap sculpture of a horse by Deborah Butterfield.
Can I gush a little here? (of course, it’s my blog) I love this sculpture. I visit it every time I’m at the museum. I love the way it conveys the essence of a horse, without having to literally represent it. I love that it’s larger than life. I love that it is (roughly) my own medium, that it is using found/recycled materials and creating something beautiful with them.
Recently Deborah Butterfield has been a source of inspiration to me. She doesn’t have to create offensive and in-comprehensive work to be noticed. She has done what I think will be increasingly relevant in the years to come: she has studied and become an expert in one thing. (that one thing is horses- in case you’re not following) She has found a clear niche, and excelled in it.
Check out this video I’ve put together featuring Deborah Butterfield’s sculpture Orion at the DAM – or even better go take a look in person, maybe it will change your opinion about western art … or at least sculptures of horses. =)
(Music by DM Stith/Roberto C. Lange)
And, here are a few additional horses by Butterfield, also awesome – just not local.