25 | Sculptor | Tshwane

Theme: 16 Days, 16 Voices

Cow Mash is the second of the 16 young voices we are profiling this Youth Month as part of 100 Beautiful Things initiative. For 16 days we are sharing the stories and art of emerging young creatives. Their authentic perspective on the world has inspired them to create beautiful things - from art to design, film, photography and so much more.

Cow Mash is the self-given name of Limpopo-born, Tshwane-based artist, Kgaogelo Mashilo. Mash, born in the iconic year of 1994, creates award-winning sculptures laden with analogies and symbolism using cow-like figures.

Last year, Mash won the PPC Imaginarium prize in the fashion category. In 2017, a statue of OR Tambo she collaborated on with fellow sculptures Paballo Majelo and Zelda Stroud was unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport. A year before that In 2016, Mash’s first life-sized public statue, a piece representing Francis Baard, was selected as one of the artworks displayed at the National Heritage Monument in the country’s capital.

“[My work] tries to explain the female experience in a different way. I think a lot of young women are telling their stories in creative ways that are not restricted to social norms” she says. For Cow Mash, having a unique voice and being able to use it through her art, means being allowed to express herself, her truth and her personality in a way that goes beyond the now.