Meet Lady Skollie

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This video contains some mild explicit language and content.

In the above video, interdisciplinary artist Lady Skollie tells us stories from her life as an artist.

A still from the Lady Skollie interview. Lady Skollie holding up her mask that helps conceal emotion in aggravating social scenarios.

To really appreciate this interview, it is important to first get acquainted with Lady Skollie’s prolific body of work.  She is known for her signature watercolors of phallic bananas and yonic papayas she uses to address themes of sexuality and gender. Lady Skollie mentions that she considers her visual art secondary to her writing; often you will find hand-written thoughts amidst Lady Skollie’s paintings. Her renowned zine Kaapstad Kinsey is a seamless integration of her preferred mediums.  You can investigate Lady Skollie’s work in depth on her tumblr. She is a household name in South Africa, and gaining international recognition, with an upcoming show in January, Lust Politics, at the Tyburn Gallery in London.  The animated borders in this video are all created from Lady Skollie’s paintings.

I want to emphasize the part in the interview where Lady Skollie asserts that it is annoying, even derogatory when journalists ask questions about being a woman artist, or woman MC. I agree with this statement, and it was one of the internal conflicts I had while creating this series.  Questions like, “what is it like being a female rapper?” are loaded with a double standard; men are never asked “what is it like being a male rapper?” I am also a woman working in male-dominated industries (Hip Hop, art, game development) and do feel personally irritated when I am asked if it is difficult to be a woman in these fields. It was challenging for me to create a series that investigated feminism in art without asking these questions hypocritically. I find that the media often exploit feminism, as a sort of trend, or clickbait buzzword to market their content. I strive to make this series honest, unbiased and free of pandering.

Lady Skollie has worked with various South African Hip Hop artists. She did the art direction for Youngsta CPT’s Top Ten List music video. She created the iconic body bags in this music video using a tracing of her body on cardboard, pillow stuffing, and masking tape.

Youngsta CPT’s music video about how Cape Town has some of the best rappers in South Africa, but they are not given credit or properly represented by the South African music industry.

Lady Skollie also directed the unreleased music video for Push Push’s song Shake Down.  Lady Skollie has a podcast called Kiss & Tell, that focuses on love, sex, sexual health, and relationships. Rapper Miss Celaneous is a guest on a Kiss & Tell where she discusses her creative process and her rap career.

The Lady Skollie interview is the final interview in the Outspoken video series. In my next blog post, I will launch the official website for the series, and talk about my personal experiences abroad.

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