Lady Skollie was born Laura Windvogel in the Western Cape, Cape Town in 1987. She works in her studio located in Johannesburg where she stays. Skollie began studying art at a very young age and was enrolled at the Peter Clark Art Center, and thereafter she obtained a BA in Art, Art History and Dutch Literature at the University of Cape Town. She also has a Certificate in Business Acumen for Artists from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Skollie is a feminist and activist interested in concepts of memory, lust, greed and power and how we use sex and gender roles weapons. She prominently works in crayons, acrylic paint and printmaking. In 2019, she made a currency for her country designed a new five-rand coin in celebration 25 years of democracy which she also received an award for.Project description:
Lady Skollie’s work is mobilized by the themes of memory and history, in one of her prints she depicts the infamous 1994 elections’ snake like queue of South Africans waiting to exercise their newly acquired democracy. A democracy that the people worked very hard for, this being illuminated by the imagery of San arte facts (arm bracelets carved from stone by san people during a long copious trance) which in themselves evoke the, labor, frustrations and vigorous processes in building and sustaining a history in South Africa. Her work gives us an insight into her communities (which most of the audience can identify with).
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