Valerie Hegarty is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Hegarty creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that comment on American history and society, addressing such themes as colonization, Manifest Destiny, environmental degradation, and repressed histories. Informed by the current turbulent state of our country while also excavating from America’s past, Valerie Hegarty often turns the gallery into a dramatic place of change. Her large-scale installation work incorporates a process she calls “reverse archeology” in which layers of painted paper are adhered to the walls and floors of the gallery and then scraped back to create a material memory of a space. She also constructs canvases and sculptures that replicate paintings and antiques from early American art history from canvas, Foamcore, paint, ceramics and papier-mâché only to falsify their ruination by devices associated with their historical significance.