Alterations: Photographs by Heather Evans Smith

Step into a world of memory, buttons and mending for Heather Evans Smith’s photography exhibition Alterations. 

About the Series:

I was born on her birthday. My granny was the greatest love and loss of my childhood. My fondest memories were in the alterations department in which she worked, getting lost amongst the whir of machines, boxes of discarded buttons and dressing rooms. It was a playground of sorts, and 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.

About the Artist:

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, magazines, literary journals and online publications such as Lenscratch and The New York Times’ T-Magazine. She is a Critical Mass 2014, 2018 and 2021 Top 50 recipient. She has been invited as a guest lecturer at colleges, universities and photography conferences such as Australian Exposure in the Gold Coast, Australia and the Real Life photography conference in Alberta, Canada. 

Her first monograph, Seen Not Heard, was published by Flash Powder Projects in 2016 followed by her self-published monograph, Alterations, in 2020.  She resides with her family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

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Private tours for individuals, group and students available. 

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Oct 27 2021 - Dec 19 2021


Viewings are by appointment only. Please email to set up an appointment.
All Day


The Horace Williams House
610 East Rosemary Street Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
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