Heather Small grew up constantly imagining and creating in the small town of Hermon, in central, Maine. She began her studies at the University of Maine in Studio Art and upon the near digitization of the world, shifted gears to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a BA in New Media in 2004. She went on to have a successful career as a graphic designer in Maine and then Boston where she worked for corporations and advertising agencies creating for such companies and brands as Pearson Education, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Herbal Essences, Tide, and Pantene. Craving more studio based work again, she returned to Maine in 2009 to conduct photoshoots of new born babies for Bella Baby Photography and begin her Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia at the University of Maine where she is currently finishing her degree and working as a research assistant, graphic designing for the University’s EPSCoR office. In her graduate work, she is currently exploring many aspects of visual art such as digital art, photography, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation, and often uses multiple mediums in one piece so that they are interdependent and in between mediums, as the piece could not exist in only one or the other medium alone.
I primarily work with the vocabulary of visual culture. By recontextualizing elements I hope to encourage viewers to examine what’s hidden behind the familiar. I do not adhere to a single medium or label myself as anything but a visual artist. I set out to physically bring to life concepts that my emotions drive me to. Each piece begins as a reaction to the necessity of expressing an idea or feeling. I then go through a process of research about the subject matter to formulate the most effective means of creating a visual articulation Subject matter that I am most interested in investigating is unrealistic idealism (especially children’s naive ideals of their world) verses the realities of our world (real life that adults deal with, often unexpectedly). My aim is to create work that is authentic, rather than something that feels forced, and thusly I hope to convey