The surreal mixed-media works of Valerie Hegarty are more than just three-dimensional; they seem to be undergoing a long, agonizing process of decay.
Image: Valerie Hegarty
In collections like “Alternative Histories,” recently exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the pieces often begin life as classical paintings and historic portraits... but that's where the traditional elements end. Portraits of famous figures like George Washington and Alfred Hitchcock are shown eroding and collapsing; their faces melt, crumble, rot, burn and explode; some are overtaken by weeds, moss, or other plants, and even devoured by crows.
Images: Valerie Hegarty
Hegarty's work has also been featured online by the art & design magazine Hi-Fructose, and you can see many more examples at her official site.
Be sure to check out more of our features on macabre and grotesque art... including these elegant flowers carved from real bones.