Even though Cow is a sculptor, fashion has always influenced her work and how she dresses. “Fashion records cultures; it tells a lot about a certain era by what people are wearing. In my culture, I’m interested in the conversations around how single women are covered or bare-chested and what women wear for marriage ceremonies.” In 2019, she bagged the prize in the fashion category of the PPC Imaginarium, an annual competition that celebrates design innovation.
She has presented smaller, more intimate works at this year’s Turbine Art Fair, the size of which, she clarifies, may and may not have been inspired by lockdown.
“When lockdown first hit it changed the way we moved, the way we thought.” She says it influenced The Herd series — the title is a play on words on the idea of an individual cow in a breeding herd that is likely not heard. It also explores the idea of ear tags — systemising, the herding of cattle — and how relatable it is to women.
Cow works as an independent artist who has exhibited with various galleries, including Circa Everard Read, developing relationships in the art scene until she is ready to make an informed decision and sign up with a gallery, without fear.