Rugs and Editions - Valerie Hegarty

BravinLee invited artist Valerie Hegarty to make a rug and in the course of developing the project it was decided that making the rug would be a jumping off point for exploring the idea of a rug and the physical and natural processes of entropy and decay. One of the rugs was shown at Marlborough Gallery and the other was a crucial part of an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in which Hegarty took over a period room, the Cupola House Parlor. Hegarty’s site-specific artworks, address themes of colonization, Manifest Destiny, and repressed history. Hegarty’s Native American–patterned rug appears to be overgrown with grass, roots, and flowers. Born in Burlington, Vermont, Hegarty received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, most recently Figure, Flowers, Fruit at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York and Autumn on the Hudson Valley with Branches, a High Line Public Art Project in New York.

Hyperallergic on Valerie Hegarty at The Brooklyn Museum