Nicola Lewis-Dixon

Master of Photography

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About me

A visual artist who uses multiple mediums to conceptually express the taboo subjects of female life, all done so with both a feminist and critical lens. My practice has seen me use both digital and analog methods as I explore each topic with an empathetic and autoethnographic response.

I’m a hugely reflective person, who likes to unpack the gritty and somewhat unspoken social construct of society past and present. Therefore bring these topics in light for discussion and insight.

During serious illness I recently turned toward both nature and phototherapy to heal both mentally and physically.

‘The scars remain long after others have faded’ Quote from Jo Spence. This installation ‘Goosebumps’, is expanded from an inward and fleeting moment of looking at the hair on my arms stand on end due to the November cold water. Looking at my skin, feeling a surge appreciation for this simple life saving reaction, after still reeling after a hysterectomy due to cervical cancer. This cathartic act of reclaim has been explored in the way of phototherapy as Jo Spence herself discovered during her own cancer journey. Thus, reclaim after repeatedly having parts taken away without much say.

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  • UCLan, Degree Show Award Winner - 2019

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Keywords: Phototherapy, Photography, Vidiography, Femanism, Cathasis, Cancer, Healing, Trauma, Autoethnography, Wildswimming, Health, Wellbeing, Installation Piece