Created with watercolours, crayon, pastel and ink Lady Skollie’s works are fluid, whimsical, and teeming with floating figures and the fleeting beauty of florals in full bloom. Her imagery is playfully transgressive, defying stereotypes and taboos, while confronting issues of history, race, sex, pleasure, consent, violence, and abuse. In this exhibition a pair of works on paper call to mind rock art and cave paintings. Entitled Wipe Us Out they are tangled webs of entwined bodies with a chilling allusion to erasure and disappearance.
Lady Skollie’s works “resonate on a sensory level, while simultaneously referencing her personal history and confronting us with her depictions of subcultures of sexuality, dispossession and otherness. They immerse us in their own viscera and exuberance all the while venturing into the trepidatious terrain of history and identity politics.”*
* Hazel Friedman, June 2020
Image credit: Dan Weill Photography / Artist portrait: Courtesy the artist
Specialists in contemporary art from South Africa. Established in 1913. South African artists are part of the global conversation. We seek to make their voices heard.