‘Still Me’ Exhibition 20-24 June The Old Truman Brewery

I am showing a series of self-portraits that explore the impact of breast cancer and its treatment on body image and concept of self in the Free Range Photography Degree Show at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London from 20 to 24 June.

The photographs were stimulated by impending hair loss caused by chemotherapy. Initially, I experienced sadness and apprehension but as I experimented through the medium of photography, I began to engage with broader issues such as temporality and permanence; fitness and frailty; serenity and spirituality; beauty and disfigurement represented by the symbols and personae I adopted and assumed. The process encouraged openness, acceptance and a sense of playfulness.

I shall be in the gallery from 10 to 4 on Monday 24 June. It would be good to see you there.

Published by Barbara Dixon

I trained as an art teacher at Avery Hill College, Eltham in the 70s majoring on drawing and sculpture. Since then I have worked in education with schools, local authorities, the Health Service, the Open University and the Department for Work and Pensions. Going freelance in the early 90s enabled me to work on arts projects in Swindon and in the Midlands. I began work with Swindon Borough Council Arts in the early 2000s working as a freelance artist, Visual Arts Officer, Art Gallery Officer and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Manager. From 2010 onwards I studied photography from GCSE up to Masters level. At present I am focusing on drawing and painting whilst benefitting from skills and knowledge gained from photography. I am very interested in the process of making art whatever the subject or medium.

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