ARTIST SERIES

John Arsenault, Aunt Meme
Aunt Meme
John Arsenault, Irene
Irene
John Arsenault, Dottie Ashford
Dottie Ashford
John Arsenault, Catching Up
Catching Up
John Arsenault, Bella's Curls
Bella’s Curls
John Arsenault, Size Makes Her Smile
Size Makes Her Smile
John Arsenault, Dottie-K
Dottie K
John Arsenault, Gloria
Gloria
John Arsenault, Bag Head
Bag Head
John Arsenault, Hand Job
Hand Job
John Arsenault, Pretty Nails
Pretty Nails
John Arsenault, Wrapped Up
Wrapped Up

Growing up in a small town in northern Massachusetts, John Arsenault spent a great deal of time during his childhood in his Aunt Kathy’s hair salon. Opened in the late 1960s, Kathy’s Beauty Nook has catered to three generations of women, most of whom now range from 60 to 96 years of age. Arsenault enjoyed the upbeat, bustling environment of the beauty parlor, and it was there that his aunt first recognized and later encouraged her nephew’s exceptional creativity. Now in his thirties, Arsenault has spent the past two years returning periodically to Haverhill, Massachusetts in order to photograph his aunt and her colorful clientele. Aside from shooting just clippers, curlers, and blue-tinted coiffures, Arsenault is documenting a tight-knit community of women who have shared the majority of their lives with one another. While the photographs are gorgeously crafted and often very funny, there is a notable sensitivity, too, as the artist’s subjects are also the people of his personal life.

Work by John Arsenault