Valerie Hegarty’s artwork of destruction involves taking reconstructed masterpieces or other works that evoke a sense of history or myth, and then creating a kind of falsified ruination or destruction. A colonial ship, for example, will appear to be sinking outside its canvas. Not only is there beauty in the destruction and decay but the works arouse a sense of tragedy and wonder.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the most celebrated actress of the nineteenth century, is all but forgotten today. But during her era, Bernhardt...
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