By Heather Lewis

Heather Lewis uses the word hiraeth, meaning the yearning for lost places of her past in Welsh, to describe her practice of photographing herself in settings that evoke reminders of the past and emotional connections of her own family history. Like works by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ken Rosenthal, and Nancy Rexroth, Lewis’s photographs, which often are displayed in an album form, give the false impression of her insertion in a specific family memory. Interested in re-creation of dreams and stories, Lewis conveys a sense of longing and nostalgia of her past and people long gone.