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Reverse Archeology

about Valerie Hegarty

Inspired by the current turbulent state of our time while also excavating from America’s past, Valerie Hegarty often turns the gallery into a dramatic place of change. Her large-scale installation work incorporates a process she calls “reverse archeology” in which layers of painted paper are adhered to the walls and floors of the gallery and then scraped back to create a material memory of a space.

Valerie also constructs canvases and sculptures that replicate paintings and antiques from early American art history from canvas, Foamcore, paint and papier-mâché only to falsify their ruination by devices associated with their historical significance.

Based in Brooklyn, Valerie creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place and history. Her solo exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene, NY, Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, Locust Projects, Miami; Museum 52, London; The MCA in Chicago. Selected group exhibitions in NY include Artists Space, The Drawing Center, D’Amelio Terras Gallery and MoMA PS1.

Valerie received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from San Francisco’s Academy of Art College and a BA from Middlebury College, VT. She was the first Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey from 2014-2015.

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