‘2017: The year of distancing myself from basic thoughts, influences, opinions, energies even further.’ – @LadySkollie
They say she isn’t afraid to speak about sex and gender inequality through any medium possible whether is paintings, podcasts and zines. Meet Lady Skollie, the talented South African artist who will be taking over Tyburn Gallery London for her first solo show in the UK in January.
Using ink, watercolour and crayon, Lady Skollie creates playfully sexual paintings, filled with bright colours, symbolic fruit, and all the joy and darkness of the erotic. Her work is simultaneously bold and vulnerable, expressing the duality of human sexuality; she explains, “it’s the simplest and the most complicated thing of being human, and [it] reminds us that we are just animals. Sex, food and sleep are very primal”.
Lady Skollie, aka Laura Windvogel, was born in Cape Town and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. The moniker ‘Skollie’ is a term used to describe a shady character, historically used in South Africa when a person of colour was in a place deemed unsuitable by the white populace.
What you will see in Lust Politics are new painted works featuring sex, gender roles, taboos, objectification, violence, power structures, greed and lust. The result is a body of confrontational artwork rich with suggestive images of bananas, papayas and repeated patterns of ‘pussy prints’; these fruit motifs highlight the artist’s anxiety towards unrealistic expectations of sexual and romantic relations between men and women. In these new works, delicate and vibrant colours are masterfully blended within images that transcend Lady Skollie’s own take on sexual fantasies and desires.
The artist engages her audience actively via social media as well as recording a sex talk radio show. This forms part of her mediums of expression. In her words: “Self-expression has never been as cheap or easy. Use it”. At the same time, Lady Skollie sees art as an essential antidote to the distractions of the digital age.
“Art is about confronting and making people, including yourself, feel uncomfortable. Art as social commentary, art as political commentary, it’s all important in the quest to evoke rage”- Lady Skollie.
Don’t miss the large scale murale the artist will be painting on Wednesday 18 January, the exhibition preview date.
We’re looking forward to this thought-provoking exhibition.
Artist: Lady Skollie
Title: Lust Politics
Address: Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3388 0540
Dates:19 January – 4 March 2017
Private View: Thursday 19 January 2017, 6-8.30PM
Painting of mural: Wednesday 18 January 2017 10AM-6PM
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
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