Valerie Hegarty applies layers of paper and paint to walls and floors, then tears back the paper. The exposed strata seem to be a record of time and labor, suggesting an architectural history. Her installations are often unsettling, eliciting feelings of nostalgia and displacement. At the MCA, Hegarty partially transforms the gallery into a decrepit bathroom.
Hegarty holds a BA in Studio Art from Middlebury College, Vermont; a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco; and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Additional support for Valerie Hegarty is provided by Tim and Suzette Flood.
With the launch of this website, the MCA has created a platform for archiving and publishing images and stories from our 50-year history. Though many exhibition pages currently lack descriptions or illustrations, we’re committed to a program of ongoing research that will fill in the blanks over time. If you have information about past MCA exhibitions to share, we’d be delighted to hear from you.