David Shrigley - Really good, 2016
Exhibiting Artworks
Art Materials, Techniques and Processes
Monuments and Statues
Creative Careers

Discussion Questions

  • Outline the main themes and ideas in Really good. What does Shrigley want to communicate with his sculpture?
  • Discuss Shrigley’s use of the art elements (such as shape, texture and form) and principles (like proportion and scale). How has this contributed to the distinctive aesthetic qualities and meaning found throughout his works of art?
  • Consider the Interpretive Lenses in an analysis of Shrigley’s work. How might you interpret his work through the Personal or Cultural lens?
  • Identify and consider Shrigley’s use of materials and techniques in both Really good and the print Everything is good. How does the meaning of the work change between works on paper and sculpture?
  • In the above video Exhibiting Artworks, Shrigley says: ‘I think the nice thing about making work in the public space is the fact that you’re not in control of its meaning or the way that it’s perceived’. Identify and analyse the presentation and context of Really good and discuss how this informs our understanding of its meanings and messages. In your response consider the possible similarities and differences between the two display’s locations and years; London in 2016 and Melbourne in 2024. How might the change of location or year inform the meaning and messages of the work?
  • What role does Shrigley hope the artwork might play in society? What role do you think it might play in society and culture?
  • What have you learned from David Shrigley’s art practice that you might apply to your own?