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Valerie Hegarty’s practice concerns ideas of transformation and decay. Typically working in papier-mâché or painting, Hegarty has only recently explored ceramic production. Included in the artist's recent solo-exhibition “American Berserk,” this piece gives a watermelon teeth, with pink meat becoming human flesh. In other pieces from this series, carrots are constructed with ribcages and rotting bananas sprout tongues. Hegarty posits a dark, deathly transformation in these pieces wherein fruit have been granted human characteristics and human emotion, imploring the viewer to reassess biological life versus inanimate objecthood.

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Valerie Hegarty (b. 1967, Burlington, VT) designs chaotic environments that live in crumbling nostalgia. These sculptures resonate with Hegarty’s over arching concerns with death, rebirth, and metamorphosis. Hegarty received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Watermelon Rind with Teeth 3, 2016
Lot Number 2
Glazed ceramic
5 x 12 x 3.5 in (12.7 x 30.48 x 8.89 cm)
Unsigned

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Valerie Hegarty
Watermelon Rind with Teeth 3
  • Dimensions
    5 x 12 x 3.5 in (12.7 x 30.48 x 8.89 cm)