Dog Butter

Mixed media sculpture and video

I was artist in residence in Gefail Yr Ynys a forge in North Wales. As part of my research I met with the son of the man (now himself in his late 70s) who founded Brunswick iron works, which once occupied the site of the residency. He showed me historic artefacts and documentation of items made by his family over the years.

One conversation we had was about dog treadmills they made, used to churn milk in to butter.

This inspired the making of my own machine to churn milk and research into the folklore and superstitions surrounding making butter in the past. The work consists of the machine as a sculpture in its own rite, as well as a supporting video.