Lois is a Glasgow based artist researching subjects surrounding gender and the body. Lois previously studied for a BA (Hons) at Glasgow School of Art, where one of her degree show pieces went on to win the 2015 student Jerwood Drawing Prize. Lois has exhibited throughout the UK. She was awarded the Dewar Award and Coats Foundation Scholarships in order to study her Masters in Textiles Mixed Media at the Royal College of Art where she graduated in 2020.
Lois Langmead’s works address and re-interpret women’s historical narratives, constructions of identity and the body. Her practice moves between traditional drawing on paper and stitched textiles, articulating subjects from life, and depicting fragmented or distorted bodies which complicate the reading of the human form. Through her textile works, lines are sometimes freed from the surface, and drawings become objects that hint at familiar artifacts from the past turned inside-out. By engaging and subverting traditional, genteel techniques such as embroidery she transgresses conventional modes of femininity. A wide range of historical art and literary sources inform Lois’s practice as she questions issues surrounding gender roles and the social and political differences women experience in their lives.