Born on her birthday, my granny was the greatest love, and loss, of my childhood. My fondest memories were in the alterations department where she worked, getting lost amongst the whirring machines, boxes of discarded buttons, and dressing rooms. It was sort of a playground, my most vivid memories of a relationship that ended too soon.
Growing older I’ve discovered that I knew very little about her as a person, remembering only the love that was given. These photographs serve as metaphors for the way we alter, mend, and piece together memories, in order to make sense of what we have lost.
Heather Evans Smith's work reflects her southern roots, motherhood, womanhood, and a whimsical imagination she relied on as an only child in a rural town. Smith’s work has been featured in solo and joint exhibitions, internationally, and nationwide. Her worked has been published in magazines, literary journals and online publications.
She has been invited as a guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and photography conferences such as Australian Exposure on the Gold Coast of Australia, and the Real Life photography conference in Alberta, Canada.
Her first monograph, Seen Not Heard
, was published by Flash Powder Projects in 2016. She lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina