Lady Skollie was born in 1987 in Cape Town and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. A feminist artist, she is passionate about defying taboos and talking openly about issues of sex, pleasure, consent, human connection and abuse. She also uses social media and her regular podcast, Kiss & Tell, to candidly discuss these themes.
Her vivid compositions are deliberately awash with contradictions. Her highly symbolic fruit implicates both male and female forms and her dominant female figures also look like they are being held captive; they explore both the joy and darkness of the erotic. Her work is simultaneously bold and vulnerable, expressing the duality of human sexuality.
Her work has been exhibited widely across South Africa, with a number of special projects at the Michael Stevenson Gallery and the Association for Visual Arts. She has been featured on CNN Africa and CNN International on ‘African Voices’.
We Slayed The Woman
We Slayed the Woman was created for the charity Dramatic Need, founded by film director Danny Boyle, and is Lady Skollie's visual interpretation of a monologue by the same name written by a 14 year-old girl living in a township in rural South Africa. Dramatic Need works with vulnerable children in Rwanda and in South Africa to foster writing talent and support the creative arts, to build hope and self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma and hardship. Every few years a variety of monologues written by children supported by the charity and adapted by world-leading play-writes (such as Tom Stoppard and Laura Wade) are performed both in a local South African theatre as well as at a leading international one.
On the 13th November 2017, We Slayed the Woman was performed simultaneously at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg and at The Carnegie Hall in New York. Lady Skollie's artwork We Slayed the Woman was projected as a backdrop to the performance of this monologue by McKinley Belcher (NYC) and Lebo Mashile (JHB). Actors who performed at Carnegie Hall this year included Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and James Mcavoy. This monologue was adapted by leading play-write Laura Wade.
This screen print is limited to 50, and 10% of every sale is donated to Dramatic Need.
DRAMATIC NEED & CHILDREN's MONOLOGUES IN THE PRESS:
Sreenprint on paper
56 x 70cm
Edition of 50
Produced in collaboration with Tyburn Gallery, London.
10% of each artwork sold is donated to Dramatic Need - a creative arts charity helping vulnerable children in South Africa & Rwanda to build hope & self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma & hardship.
Khoisan Kween MOther
To coincide with her March 2017 solo exhibition Lust Politics at Tyburn Gallery, London, Lady Skollie produced this special edition screen print, taken from her site-specific mural - Khoisan Kween Mother, which occupied the entire back wall of the exhibition.
In this work, Skollie pays tribute to the Khoisan people, who 22,000 years ago represented the largest group of humans on earth, and from whom she is a descendant. The fact that today only 100,000 remain speaks volumes of the ruthless erosion of South African heritage caused by colonisation and slavery. This work is Skollie's contemporary interpretation of Khoisan cave paintings, while she also makes reference to more modern forms of colonialism - through motifs such as the Josphine Baker-style banana skin skirt.
She says: "I will never know the extent of knowledge, culture and true power the Khoisan possessed. All I can do is offer my new versions of Khoisan cave drawings, hoping that the 1,000-year gap in culture can be filled by my interest and respect. As artists of colour I think our sole purpose is to fill in the gaps left by colonisation.”