Cow Mash (Kgaogelo Mothepa Mashilo) was born in Limpopo, South Africa (1994). She currently works and resides in Pretoria. Cow graduated cum laude from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in 2017, with a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. Mash’s current work is inspired by her self-given name, and the cultures and symbols of the cow, within Sepedi traditions and globally, situating herself between tradition and the contemporary world by using cow metaphors. Mash creates drawings on synthetic leather and sculptural works using synthetic wools, reflecting on the transformation and evolution of culture by using synthetic leather instead of actual cowhide.
Mash has participated in various local and international group exhibitions, and her public works include the life-size public figure of Francis Baard, part of the National Heritage Monument, and a statue of Oliver Tambo at the OR Tambo International Airport, which she created with two other artists.
In 2019, Mash was the winner of the PPC Imaginarium fashion category, and in 2021, she completed a Master of Technology in Fine Arts (cum laude). In 2022, Cow Mash exhibited in SENSES AND LENSES at Berman Contemporary; later that year she exhibited at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
In 2023, Mash showcased in THE 2020’S: NEW FORMS OF ABSTRACTION, as well as 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, alongside Berman Contemporary.
Cow Mash is represented by Berman Contemporary.