There are many people who stand up for true beauty, who are on this quest, as I am, to redefine our personal definition of what is beautiful, hoping to have an affect on society as a whole. Well, recently I met a mother who is one of these pure awesome souls and who’s art reflects this purpose—it really is so inspiring. Working with large groups of women of all shapes, colors, sizes, with a wide range of ages, her photography is catching the eye and touching the heart of so many with her beautiful messages of love and self-acceptance. I am proud to feature her art on my site and hope that you will love it too!
I’m Cat Palmer
An older mom to 2 boys
A curvy girl
And this is my bedhead…
It was her project, Age of Aesthetics, which aimed to defy societies definition of beauty, that first caught my eye.
14 women with shaved heads was striking and inspiring. These were healthy women who shaved their heads specifically for the shoot. Amongst the group were moms, entrepreneurs and a BYU student.
It takes some real courage to shave your head. Just over a year ago I challenged myself to do the same. I admire these women who were able to peel back a layer that is so prominent in our society as a symbol of beauty. But who could say they aren’t drop dead gorgeous without hair!
I really love these large ensambles of women. The first of these large groups was in 2007. She took a large group of women, ages 13-79 up to the Bonneville Salt Flats for a piece about self-empowerment. Because many of these women are strangers to her, she always has them do a little homework, such as: write down three things they love about themselves and then tell the group.
For this shoot each girl was given the questions:
1. If you keep a shaved or buzzed head regularly (or if this is not the first time buzzing your head) please tell me why. What is the reason behind it?
2. How did it feel if this is the first time buzzing your locks?
3. What does hair represent and symbolize to you?
4. In preparing for the shoot on Saturday please tell me what is going through your head.
5. What do you love about yourself?
6. Do you feel beautiful (you can also replace “beautiful” with “feminine” or “accepted”) with no hair? Please explain why.
The answers were then displayed at the exhibit. Giving the viewer another way to connect to the art and these beautiful women.
Inspired by her mother and grandmother and the personal struggles that we all face and work hard to overcome, she made a point to have some grey-haired women in her latest project, Super Hero Women. Although the full exhibit won’t happen until Jan 2013 you can see her some of her Super Hero Women pieces at the Utah Arts Festival today, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at booth #95, in Salt Lake City at Library Square.
She has found through her own experiences in her youth and with working with so many women on a constant basis that the issues of beauty run deep. She remembers struggling with insecurities when she was a teenager, but was a bit stunned to find so many grown women facing the same challenge, especially learning that it is often the ones who not only are beautiful on the inside, but especially the outside that struggle the most. It is a great reminder to her that there just is no room to judge anyone and it reflects so beautifully in her art.
You can see why I love her, right? She is who she is and we should be who we are!
Support her message of beauty and love!
If you are going to the Utah Arts Festival stop by and say hello! I’ll be there all day Friday at booth #95 with Cat.