Having experienced the strange annihilation of a house fire, the work of artist Valerie Hegarty in this show at Guild & Greyshkul really resonates. The weird negative space left after a fire — suddenly there is no there there — is only compounded by encountering the bits that are left, many of them altered into versions of themselves that still manage to be recognizable. The same, yet absolutely different.
The pieces in this show function as a sort of symbol of what happens to us after we undergo a transformative experience. As a culture, we may try to psychologize our way into understanding life-altering moments by giving our post-whatever selves a diagnosis and a whole lot of pills, but ultimately, we just choose between moving forward or not. You may not be able to fix any of the pieces in this exhibit of Valerie Hegarty’s work , but you can’t stop marveling at them, because they are so beautiful.