This largest work in our show is titled after Mark Anderson, who started and directed the Walla Walla Foundry for many years. When Butterfield made her first bronze sculpture from wood pieces, at the invitation of the Walker Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis, she worked with Mark and the then nascent Walla Walla Foundry. She enjoyed a long friendship and fruitful professional relationship with Mark until his untimely death earlier this year.
This smallest work in our show is titled Lacey after the town Lacey, Washington is the smallest Butterfield sculpture we have ever had to offer. This cast bronze sculpture is handsomely made with gently curved branches that form graceful lines from the head throughout the body. It has the feeling of the artist drawing a sketch in space.
PINK AND BLUE
The found materials in this piece range from a piece of a broken 5-gallon blue bucket to a plastic float fishing float to pieces of lumber. The sun baked, slightly faded colors of pink, white and blue have been thoughtfully painted by the artist onto the cast bronze elements.
KIKI'O translates as "to settle" which completes the reading of this work as a completely content horse with a lovely arching and turning gesture in the neck. The materials are both delicate and sinuous.
Earlier works in found steel