Lois Andison is a sculptor / installation artist based in Toronto, Ontario. Her art practice ranges from kinetic sculpture where she uses movement to initiate an experience / exchange between the viewer and the work, through video and photography which she uses to document and interpret both time and motion. The latter approach can be seen in her yearlong timelapse of an urban garden and through her motion studies that are observations of the still and the moving. Her sculptural works address the mediated body and the performative and often involve an element of humour. Lately her conceptual interests in language as a medium, and kinetic type as movement, have led to her incorporate text in her sculptures. Lois has exhibited nationally and internationally including such cities as Mexico City, Boston, New York, Montreal, Lethbridge and Buffalo. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and her work is part of both private and corporate collections. She is represented by the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, and Art Mûr, Montreal.
Lois is currently an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario where she teaches courses in sculpture and digital imaging. She has also co-taught a tech-art course in which art and engineering students work collaboratively on projects. Lois would like to thank the two studio assistants, both coming from the University of Waterloo. Pouya Emami, the developer of this website, along with numerous project builds including the heartbreaking '91 sculpture series, and Lisa Birke, who has input a lot of the content on this website.
The making of the sculpture is based on some solid collaborative working relationships. Lois has worked with Colin Harry since 1998 on resolving the mechanical design and build of many of the kinetic projects. Her friend and machinist Paul Cahill has machined many custom parts and has also helped on the mechanical design. Gunther Gruber, a Kitchener based engineer, and Paul and Lain at Automation FX located in Stratford have been involved on the programming and mechanical design of some the more recent pieces.
Lois acknowledges, and is grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.