Q&A with Revolutionary Artist; Lady Skollie

27th August 2017

Lady Skollie

Lady Skollie in studio. Image by; Simiato Matik

Laura Windvogel, who is well known by the moniker Lady Skollie caught my creative eye earlier in 2017, when while checking out online art, I came across her early 2017 art exhibition named Lust Politics which presents her work in desire, power and sex. Her pieces are still currently online at the Tyburn Gallery based in the U.K. which is dedicated to international contemporary art. The gallery exhibits, represents and champions established artists and younger talents from a global range of evolving art scenes. However, she has had previous art exhibits in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Lady Skollie in her custom made jacket. Conjured by; Nanna Venter

Lady Skollie is a classically trained artist, who is fiercly independent. Her works addresses various themes; from sex, gender roles and taboos to violence, objectification and greed. At the same time she hosts a sex podcast called Kiss & Tell which is a definite must listen.

Lady Skollie hanging out. Shirt by; Femme Projects

I recently had a chat with her, speaking about who currently in the creative space inspires her, what other angles of artistic creation she’ll be focusing on, what she would tell her 20-year old self and what advice she has for other young, female and aspiring artists. Check out her answers below:
Q. Who are the three people who inspire you right now in 2017 as she stands?

A. Pumla Dineo Gqola, for telling it like it is. Milisuthando Bongela, current arts editor for the Mail and Guardian, for using her power where it is most important; macheting pathways for us where it never existed. And, my sister, Kim Windvogel, for showing me many sides of activism.

Q.What other angles will your future art be addressing?

A. Sex is very multi-layered and I will definitely be thinking of it from a violence angle, as that is the angle we are most familiar with in South Africa.

Q.What would you tell your 20-year old self concerning your artistic creations over the years?

A. I’ve always been the LOUDEST so would not tell her to be louder, might tell her to listen more.

Q.What advice would you give other young, female, aspiring artists?


***Lady Skollie’s show entitled; Fire with Fire is opening at the FNB Joburg Art Fair on Friday, 8th September. Don’t miss it!


Written by Lerato Chiyangwa

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