New York-based artist Valerie Hegarty’s piece Branch with Frame, 2008 appears as a living artifact. It is not clear whether the twisted branches of a tree have been carved or transformed into a gold-leafed frame, or whether the reverse is true: an antiqued frame within a state of entropy has grown over the years into roots. She breaks the rigid rectangular format of the frame into its more organic counterpart, as if nature has rearranged the piece to be a more accurate reflection of itself.
Hegarty’s previous solo exhibitions include Seascape (2006) and Landscaping (2005) at Guild & Greyshkul, New York; View From Thanatopsis, at Museum 52, London; and the 12×12 Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in group shows at venues in New York including, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artists Space, White Columns, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Upcoming exhibitions include New York Minute curated by Kathy Grayson at the Depart Foundation, Rome, and Portugal Arte 09, Lisbon. Hegarty received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and is currently represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, and Museum 52, London.