Perryn Butler has been working as a sculptor in Pembrokeshire, for close to 30 years. Her sculptures have been commissioned and bought by collectors worldwide from Europe to Australia, Asia, and the Americas.
And they grace such public places as the Environment Agency in Ireland, the National Library of Wales and the Centre for European Culture in Germany.
In Perryn Butler’s work the influence of very early sculpture is undeniable. Perryn studied ancient forms of representation and became fascinated by the abstract genius of African, South American and Inuit sculpture.
The other great influence on her work is music. As an accomplished musician herself, Perryn uses music as both subject matter and as metaphor. Music infuses her sculptures with rhythm and flow and with their intensely emotional character.
For Perryn ‘the joy of carving is that it is difficult. It is always an experimental and potentially dangerous journey, which is the challenge and excitement’ she enjoys.
“When you work with stone”, she says, “you can’t stick a piece back on and you are always constricted by the size of the block’. “This”, she suggests, “calls for ingenuity and a fluidity of expression that does not exist in other materials… and demands a sort of visual shorthand.’And elsewhere she says about her work: ‘The compulsion to make is a huge driving force and ideas may rumble for ages before I pick up a piece of stone. Sometimes I see a lump of stone and know what it is immediately. I just know what I have to remove to make it sing. Other times I have a vague idea for one side of a piece and it will emerge very slowly”.