Hayden photographed nude older figure models 60 to 84 years old in her studio. The models were professionals actively working in art schools in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Western Massachusetts. From antiquity to the present, through artistic representation we have amassed an image of our ideal selves. Her intention was to challenge these culturally sanctioned ideals of beauty/youth and image. As professional image-makers, the models and Hayden actively created an "image". Informed by their own histories as image-makers and the immediacy of impending mortalities, they constructed a projection of the idealized pose altered by reality.
In 1992, Hayden received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, in 1993 a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Fellowship and in 1994 a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for these photographs.
Unique silver gelatin photographs, 72 " x 52 ", printed by the artist 1990's.
Additional images are on the website.