19 Nov A3E Artist Profile: Cow Mash
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Kgaogelo Mashilo, popularly known as Cow Mash, was born in Limpopo and later moved to Pretoria in 2000, where she graduated from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) with a degree in Fine Art – majoring in sculpture.
In 2016, Cow Mash created her first life-size public figure, representing Francis Baard and forming part of the National Heritage Monument. In 2017, she worked alongside Paballo Majela and Zelda Stroud in sculpting the O.R Tambo 2.5meter figure which now stands at the O.R Tambo International Airport. Shortly after that, she participated in PPC Imaginarium, where she was named as the winner of the fashion category.
Cow Mash’s current work is inspired by her artist moniker “Cow” and the cultural symbols of the cow within the Sepedi traditions, as well through cow metaphors. Cow creates drawings on synthetic leather and sculptural works using synthetic wools and combining various fabrics. She reflects on the transformation and evolution of culture by using synthetic leather rather than actual cow-hide. Her doodle-like repetitive lines in her drawings and meditative methods in sculpting are a means of self-contemplation and her belonging in culture as a black female.
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