Dean, Judith M. (2006) Field. [Artefact]

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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 Frink. 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.

Item Type: Artefact
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 17:20
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2009 14:21

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