3) PROJECT 2 ARTIST INFO:
American Valerie Hegarty critically engages with both history and the current political system. Known for her paintings, sculptures and installations, she realistically imagines the impact of disasters on iconic cultural objects. Taking advantage of influences as diverse as water, fire, guns, earthqakes and woodpeckers, she distresses her carefully constructed fictitious objects. Her In the Woods, Of the Woods, almost an reimagination of a Thomas Moran or an Albert Bierstadt heroic landscape, initially created to invoke strong patriotic feelings, further down the line becomes a symbol of the rise, fall and rebirth of an empire, a story about a grand yet flawed system in nature. Her “reverse archeology” destroys only to bring to life again.