FUTURE CAPE TOWN | Voices of the City: Laura Windvogel

‘…the enormous gaps in lifestyle in a few kilometer radius’


 This week’s Voice of the City is controversial fine artist, watercolourist and writer Laura Windvogel AKA Lady Skollie. She is the creator of the blog Lady $kollie whose work was recently exhibited at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in their Ramp space, and is currently anticipating her first solo exhibition in July.

Future Cape Town Support Us LogoVoices of the City is a weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of the city differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of our city’s inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy, and necessary, endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. 

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Question: What about Cape Town inspires you the most?

The diversity, the people, and the enormous gaps in lifestyle in a few kilometer radius.

QDo you have a secret space or place that you enjoy in the city?

It’s not so much secret, as non-enticing to young people NOT living with their parents; Lakeside. My parents bought a house there in 2000 and its inhabited by predominantly old, retired folk. I like going there and being considered a freak at the local mall.

 Laura Windvogel
See Laura’s online retrospective Skattie Celebrates Laura Windvogel curated by Skattie What are you Wearing and Art South Africa.

Q: What was the last exciting event you attended in the city?

Michael Tymbios and Gareth Pearson’s First Thursday initiative has shown what a multitude of patience and true love for a city can produce. It’s definitely one of the safest, organized and richest experiences of the city you can have after hours.

Q: What frustrates you about the city?

Tardiness. An unwillingness to be punctual for anything. I’m not a patient person and no, I don’t want to order a drink ‘on you’ while I wait, you clown.


QYou can have dinner with one person living or dead. Who is it and why?

Batandwa Alperstein, director and co-owner of The Visual Content Gang. Because he gives me honest, unbiased feedback on my work, helps me strategize and we already eat dinner together most nights, so I know it won’t be boring.

Visit Laura’s online catalogue of new work