David Shrigley

Sculpture of a Piece of Paper

About this artwork

This sculpture was made by folding and scrunching up a large piece of paper then smoothing it out again and making a cast of it. In so doing, the artist has monumentalised a very ordinary and disposable object by painstakingly making an impression of it in plaster and casting it in fibreglass to create a unique work of art. David Shrigley’s art often uses elements of surprise and humour in a subtle and understated way. The sculpture is displayed on the floor of the gallery, making it look like it has been discarded. The work has a certain sense of pathos, derived from the fact that it represents an unused piece of paper, simultaneously unfulfilled and full of possibilities.

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  • artist:
    David ShrigleyEnglish (born 1968)
  • title:
    Sculpture of a Piece of Paper
  • date created:
    1997
  • materials:
    Fibreglass and resin pigment
  • measurements:
    0.20 x 59.30 x 84.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1998
  • accession number:
    GMA 4244
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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David Shrigley

David Shrigley