FNB Art Prize Winner 2020: Lady Skollie

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES courtesy of Lady Skollie and Everard Read, Johannesburg

The 10th annual FNB Art Prize has been awarded to Cape Town-based visual artist Laura Windvogel, aka Lady Skollie.

“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,” she says.

Image credit: Stuart Whipps. Courtesy East Side Projects, Birmingham.

Her striking works revolve around themes of identity, gender, sex and lust. Represented by the gallery Everard Read, Lady Skollie will be holding her second solo exhibition at the Cape Town gallery from 11 November 2020. Entitled BOUND, the exhibition “references writings by and about women in captivity, women in isolation, woman in shackles, chains, manacles and collars; 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.”

As the 10th recipient of the FNB Art Prize, she receives a page online for FNB Art Joburg, taking place from the 6 – 18 November, a cash prize and an international residency.

The winner of the FNB Art Prize was chosen by a committee, which included Khwezi Gule (Chief Curator, Johannesburg Art Gallery), Aspasia Karras (Publisher: Sunday Times Lifestyle, Edit, Edit Man, Business Day Wanted and Sowetan Magazine) and Nicole Siegenthaler (FNB Art Joburg Fair Manager).

Follow Lady Skollie on Instagram to keep up to date with her work.