The tenth annual FNB Art Prize awarded to Lady Skollie
We are proud to announce that this year’s winner is Lady Skollie, represented by Everard Read.
Lady Skollie (born Laura Windvogel) remarks on her win, “As someone who never fit in, someone who dropped out of art school, someone who only got South African representation at the age of 31, winning a local art prize makes me feel like my existence in it is validated.” Filled with bold colour, god-like figures and suggestive fruits, Lady Skollie’s work revolves around themes of gender, sex and the politics of lust, as well as her musings on identity.
“We are proud to announce Lady Skollie as the 10th FNB Art Prize winner. Her rendition of art has challenged societies norms to evolve; and be present through the many social challenges that we face. Art is an evolving medium and through the years the FNB Art Joburg platform has ensured that we continue to support and recognise talent across all art mediums. Congratulations Lady Skollie,” says Bonga Sebesho, Head of FNB Sponsorships.
Lady Skollie will hold her second solo exhibition, BOUND, with Everard Read Gallery (her first at the Cape Town location). The exhibition takes the history of the Waterfront area as its inspiration.
In particular, Lady Skollie responds to the old Breakwater Prison next to the gallery (directly referencing various writings by and about women in captivity) and the historical tunnel underneath Portswood Ridge.
As she explains, she “wonders about cages, revenge, tunnels with light at the end, but more times absolute darkness and a life spent expecting to be released from evil.”