Valerie Hegarty’s work is often wrought and depictive of destruction and ruin.
Gilbert Stuart’s ‘Washington’ or ‘Landsdowne portrait’ was famously saved from the White House as it was burned down by British troops in the War of 1812. Hegarty has tried to capture what may have happen to the portrait had it not been rescued.
The dripping paint and warped, burnt frames are dramatic and startling. I’m not convinced a painting hung landscape could have landed like this, but physics aside the contrasting scenes of natural beauty on the right with devastation on the left is quite emotive.
In a small break from the devastation and wreckage ‘In the Woods, Of the Woods’ brings with it new life, the frame branching and budding. The ruinous theme still creeps through however with a pile of fallen leaves on the floor and the original painting left tattered.
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