Who is Cow Mash?
Cow Mash was born in Limpopo (birth name Kgaogelo Mashilo) and raised in Pretoria where she is currently based. She graduated from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) with a degree in Fine Art, majoring in sculpture. In 2016, Cow created her first life size public figure, representing Francis Baard and forming part of the National Heritage Monument. In 2017, Cow was one of three artists to create a statue of Oliver Tambo, which stands at the O.R Tambo international airport. Cow was winner of the PPC Imaginarium fashion category in 2019. In 2019 she also collaborated on the sculpture of Zakithi Nkosi for the Zakithi Nkosi Clinical Haematology Centre of Excellence, located at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. Cow is currently completing her master’s degree at TUT and continues to take part in various group shows.
February lectures NWU conference: “Queer Visualities: African Perspectives, Other Perspectives”. Paper titled: Queer in Africa: Media representation and generational acceptance of queer. February 2019
SAVAH conference: abstract entitled “Analysis of the cow as a metaphor in selected work by Cow Mash” 11-13 September 2019
Afems (African feminisms) abstract entitled “Analysis of the Cow as a Metaphor in Selected Work by South African Artists” (at Wits University from the 5-7 September 2019 on the theme of “Theorising from the Epicentres of our Agency”).
Museum Conversations 2019: Performance collective, Performance title: “Display cases”. Goethe institute and University of Namibia (In Windhoek, Namibia) 18-20 September 2019
Life size figure of Francis Goitsemang Baard: National heritage Monument (2016/2017)
2.5m OR Tambo figure: ORT international airport commission (2017)
ABSA Cape Epic African woman’s trophy (2017/2018)
Life size figure of Zakithi Nkosi: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. Zakithi Nkosi Clinical Haematology Centre of Excellence (2019)