Valerie Hegarty produces work that constructs and deconstructs experience. She explores the possibility of fabricating and altering objects with historical reference in order to highlight the past's relation to the current American socio-political arena.
Hegarty describes that the emphasis of her work ''is on the gesture of cracking, carving, making holes; I'm making the erasure, the subtraction'. She is not concerned with the fabrication of the pieces but with the nature of their alteration. The exhibition presents the viewer with a bizarre series of events that could not be connected, but combined give a sense that something is self-destructing, that occurrences are forcing a return to nature. What we witness is a retaliation of nature and history on the concept of America and art: it is as if America has shot itself in the foot and now, in response, the body is reclaiming itself.