Valerie Hegarty, ‘Ghost of History’, 2016, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Save
Save
Share
Share

Valerie Hegarty

Ghost of History, 2016

Wood stretcher, canvas, paper-mache, acrylics, paper, foamcore, molding
52 1/2 × 39 × 3 in
133.4 × 99.1 × 7.6 cm
Valerie Hegarty
American, b. 1967
Follow

United by a consistent theme of transformation, Valerie Hegarty’s paintings, sculptures, and installations evoke a state of change—falsely ruined canvases and collapsed environments—destroyed if only to be brought to life again. Using foam core, papier-mâché, inkjet prints, and wood, Hegarty has constructed fragile likenesses of historically significant works; her mutation and demolition of the canvases ultimately speaks to greater issues of death, rebirth, and metamorphosis. In an extension of this work, Hegarty’s site-specific installations are the gallery-sized equivalent of her deconstructed paintings. Break-Through Miami (2010) uses Hegarty’s “reverse archaeology” technique—photography, trompe-l’oeil painting, and papier-mâché—to transform a gallery into an illusion of an old, abandoned Miami interior.

Valerie Hegarty, ‘Ghost of History’, 2016, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Save
Save
Share
Share
Valerie Hegarty
American, b. 1967
Follow

United by a consistent theme of transformation, Valerie Hegarty’s paintings, sculptures, and installations evoke a state of change—falsely ruined canvases and collapsed environments—destroyed if only to be brought to life again. Using foam core, papier-mâché, inkjet prints, and wood, Hegarty has constructed fragile likenesses of historically significant works; her mutation and demolition of the canvases ultimately speaks to greater issues of death, rebirth, and metamorphosis. In an extension of this work, Hegarty’s site-specific installations are the gallery-sized equivalent of her deconstructed paintings. Break-Through Miami (2010) uses Hegarty’s “reverse archaeology” technique—photography, trompe-l’oeil painting, and papier-mâché—to transform a gallery into an illusion of an old, abandoned Miami interior.

Valerie Hegarty

Ghost of History, 2016

Wood stretcher, canvas, paper-mache, acrylics, paper, foamcore, molding
52 1/2 × 39 × 3 in
133.4 × 99.1 × 7.6 cm
Other works from The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley
Other works by Valerie Hegarty
Related works
Most Similar