Selected works by Valerie Hegarty

Valerie Hegarty
Niagara Falls


Foam core, paper, paint, gel medium, glue

150 x 300 x 65 cm

For Valerie Hegarty, the joy of her work lies in its destruction rather than its making. Centring her practice on the politics of the American myth, Hegarty’s canvases and sculptures replicate emblems of frontier ethos - colonial furniture, antique dishware, and heroic paintings of landscapes and national figures only to demolish them by devices associated with their historical significance.

Valerie Hegarty
Cracked Canyon


Foam core, paper, paint, wood, glue, gel medium

200 x 192 x 5 cm

In the pieces viewed here, Hegarty theatrically reconstructs ‘masterpieces’ based on works by Frederick Church and Thomas Moran from fragile materials such as foam-core, paper, and wood, before falsifying their ruination. Rotted and battered nearly beyond recognition, Niagara Falls literally pours from the wall as a twisted wreck; while Cracked Canyon is broken through with a seismic fissure running from the gallery floor to ceiling.

Through Hegarty’s eradicative intervention, her objects gain both formal and narrative authority. Capitalising on her highly attenuate subversion of materials, Hegarty’s work poses as artefacts of known history gone awry, envisioning an alternative world order of smug irony and poetic justice.

Valerie Hegarty
Still Burning


Canvas, paint, foamcore, paper, gel medium

198.1 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

Valerie Hegarty's Biography

Born in Burlington, Vermont, USA in 1967
Lives and works in New York


Museum 52, London

Seascape, Guild & Greyshkul

Landscaping, Guild & Greyshkul

12x12 Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

At the Edge, Innovative Art in Chicago, Gallery 400, Chicago


Denial is a River, Sculpture Center, Long Island City
25 Bold Moves, House of Campari, New York
Among the Trees, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit,

Odd Lots, White Columns
The General's Jamboree, Guild & Greyshkul
Greater New York, PS1, Long Island City

Conceptual Realism, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn
9x, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn
Voice of Site, Tokyo, Japan
Play Pen, The Drawing Center, NY
Smack Mellon Open Studios, Brooklyn
Stray Show, Gallery 400, Chicago
Small Victories, Modest Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago
AIM 24, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx

MakeBELIEVE, MN Gallery, Chicago
You Sure about this Place? Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, IO
Really Real, Gallery 312, Chicago

Stray Show, MN Gallery, Chicago
Gallery 2, Chicago
You Sure about this Place? The Pond, Chicago
Graduate Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Modest Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago
Subject/Picture, The Optimistic, Chicago

13 Alumni Artists, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury
Valerie Hegarty & Melody Saraniti, Pilsen East Art Gallery, Chicago

Transcending Limits: Moving Beyond Mainstream and Margin
Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin

Emerge: First Annual Juried Exhibition of Emerging Bay Area Artists,
Gen Art SF, San Francisco
Countdown 2000, 1078 Gallery, Chico