Mutilated Masterpieces by Valerie Hegarty

By: Cecilia Biemann - Published: Dec 9, 2008 • References: guildgreyshkul and booooooom
Valerie Hegarty’s work involves copying and then modifying iconic paintings to make them look as if they have been pecked by birds, charred by fire, or smashed by waves.

Hegarty has reconstructed the works of artists including Frederick Church and Thomas Moran, using materials such as foam-core, paper, and wood. The pieces are then intentionally burned, ripped, cracked, shot at or otherwise destroyed, leaving them looking battered almost beyond recognition.

Her recent sculptures have taken her original concept a step further, with decomposition of the pieces reaching such an extent that they actually began to regenerate.

It’s easy to see how some people would find her ravaged looking sculptures unappealing, yet others find her decayed artworks fascinating and beautiful.