Dean, J.M. 2006. Field. Jerwood Sculpture Park, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.

CreatorsDean, J.M.

Bronze cast installation which won the Jerwood Sculpture Prize 2005, Jerwood Sculpture Park, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire. Field won the 2005 Jerwood Sculpture Prize, the UK’s most significant sculpture award. The £25,000 prize was unanimously

awarded by a jury that included Margot Heller (South London Gallery), Wilfred Cass (Cass Sculpture Foundation), William Pye

(Sculptor), from a shortlist of eight artists, each of whom received £1000 to produce a maquette, drawings and text in support of

their proposal. These were exhibited at the Jerwood Gallery, London (6.4.05-8.5.05). Field is now permanently installed at

Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, alongside internationally acclaimed artists, including Anthony Gormley, Lynn Chadwick, Elizabeth


Field is a bronze cast of a small fragment of ploughing (c.200 x 500 x 25cm), patinated to resemble fertile earth, and installed in

the ornamental gardens of a stately home to overlook the working fields beyond the garden perimeter. As such, it is concerned

with status, belonging, territory and transgression. As ploughing, it is a memorial to something temporary that still exists, both

locally and globally. The work was designed to become naturally absorbed over time: it rains, insects come and go, leaves fall,

grass grows. Nature in this context is both real and representational, natural and artificial, dead and alive.

Field was reviewed in the national press, Radio 4 (Saturday Review), and online (Times Online, Saatchi Online). It features

significantly in Art Monthly’s (March 2007) review of Plot, Dean’s subsequent residency, exhibition and publication at the

Wordsworth Trust, which Field informed and helped to secure (see output 2). In October 2005 Dean was invited to talk about

Field and related works at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; this was recorded and is held in their archive. An image of Field has

been chosen for the cover of 'Re-Envisioning the Pastoral', Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008.

Year17 May 2006
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Completed17 May 2006
Output mediaBronze cast, c.200 x 500 x 25cm

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Dean, J.M. Forthcoming. Tabula Rasa, Two-way table, Counter, Dot.comme. Musée des Beaux Arts, Dunkirk, France (Group show)

Dean, J.M. 2007. Plot.

Dean, J.M., Min, Y.S., Fung, R. and Novaczek Ruth 2005. Unplugged. Toyoto Museum, Aichi, Japan

Dean, J.M. 2003. Provisional.

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