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photo by Bernard Mitchell
. Lois Williams


"Red", 1995
used objects/mixed media

"The Black Garden", 1984
cardboard/wool/pegs/mixed media

"Objects & Ashes" (1of12) 1995 wool/wax/mixed med. dimensions variable, this one c.20cm long

(artist's collection)

Lois was born in 1953 in Denbigh, North Wales. In 1971/72 she did a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Wrexham Technical College, then studied Fine Art from 1972 to 1975 at Manchester Polytechnic (BA.hons). In 1975/76 did postgraduate work at Goldsmiths' College in London. She now has her studio at Cefn, St Asaph in North Wales - where she occupies a traditional Welsh longhouse near her parents' farm. She also uses a disused factory space in Sheffield, her adopted domicile.

Artist's Statements (quoted from Certain Welsh Artists by Iwan Bala): "The appropriateness of materials is always an issue. In my studio, I work surrounded by things: wire which reminds me of hair, real hair and synthetic; horse hair, sheep's wool, muslin, felt, rope, paper; all sorts really. There are works in their early stages, works halfway made, works abandoned and left for a while. Very occasionally, in a cleaned-up space, there is a final, finished work attached to the wall, or attached to the floor or attached to the ceiling.

The studio is full: paper against wood, rope against linen, felt againsty cotton. On a table, materials have been abandoned midstream: linseed oil, stain, sisal, candle wax and books. An amalgam of colour, smell and touch"......"Gathering is a major preoccupation; accumulating, retrieving, discovering, sifting, bringing together and evolving the whole.

The items are an eclectic mix, sometimes found, sometimes made, sometimes used, sometimes constructed. They can be of the present or the past, there are no borders. Frequently they challenge notions of authenticity; one is never absolutely sure of what one is looking at....."

Lois Williams' work is born of a creative fusion of rural & urban experience, between that of the farming community & familial surroundings of Cefn, St.Asaph/North Wales, where her studio occupies a traditional Welsh Longhouse near her parents' farm - and a disused factory space in Sheffield, her adopted domocile. Although rooted in her knowledge and experience of a particular place and culture, Williams insists on the universal nature of the themes she wishes to address: the passage of time, human vulnerability and mortality. The very materials she uses imbue the works with feeling of fragility and transient life.

Teaching Experiences: After 1976 she taught for many years in a secondary school in Sheffield while practising as an artist; 1985-96 visiting lecturer in Fine Art at various colleges.

Awards: Winner of the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1999

Public Collections: Arts Council Collection; Contemporary Art Society of Wales.

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