Written By Obatarhe Ikuku
On an interview with i-D, Lady Skollie shared that her mother was obsessed with fruits when she was growing up. “If my father went on business trips she’d spend all the money he’d left on the first day, just on fruit. And for the rest of the time you wonder what you’re going to eat, and your mother’s just like: ‘Eat a watermelon!’”
Years later, these fruits have found their way into her art work. Her vibrantly colored paintings which feature apples cut open to reveal labia, banana genitalia, curvaceous women with papaya heads, filled with bright black seeds against deep orange flesh.
“My obsession with fruit and sex really started by relating my mother’s longing for fruit with a sexual thing”.
Growing up in Cape Town, while her mother had an obsession with fruit, She found her own obsession: art. Her work is bold and vulgar, provocative and celebratory, and it often balances on a fine line between delicious but disgusting at the same time.
The bold and bright colors which always feature in her paintings are a glimpse into her bold and unapologetic nature. She constantly explores the intersection of culture, gender, and sexuality through her art and voice.
She has a strong online presence and uses her voice to address gender politics which often seeps through her tweets. Her online presence is as raw as her art.