The beauty of these weather beaten, half eaten, regressive works by Valerie Hegarty makes my heart ache. With these four, Hegarty takes the subject matter and applies its natural, real world effects to the physical work: a painting of fruit left sitting out has rotted away and been picked at by animals. In Fog Warning with Barnacles (2010), Winslow Homer's The Fog Warning (1885) is ravaged by salt water. As Hegarty says,
My piece suggests the storm has caught up with the man in the boat, now the image itself has been the subject and victim of the storm. I like the idea of the Homer image being swept away in a Homeresque manner, engulfed by the ocean.
I also love how the canvases and wooden frames transform into branches, stretching and clawing to return to their natural, knotty state.
From the top: In the Woods, Of the Woods (2009); Fog Warning with Barnacles (2010); Autumn on the Hudson Valley with Branches (2009); Still Life with Half-Eaten Fruit (2011).