Clare McFarlane’s work seeks to understand or at least represent that search for understanding, in the natural world. The aesthetic often takes its lead from that of the Victorian age of scientific enquiry.
Mel McVee has created an Australian fauna and flora design showcasing the striated pardalotes and flowing gums, both found locally in Western Australia. Our state is one of the environmental hotspots in the world today, with most species endemic to small regions within Western Australia.
Aurora is a celebration of breasts, both human and bovine. A feminist mascot for gender equality and a joyful protest against body shaming, this brightly coloured Cow is adorned with playful representations of breasts, nipples and milk.
The inspiration for this work is drawn directly from images of horses, dogs and donkeys that were used as beasts of burden during World War 1 and 2.
Rod Garlett is a proud Noongar man, and fulfilled by the work undertaken by our Elders, native title representatives and community leaders, during their negotiations with the Barnett Government in recognising the traditional owners.
Poppy Lissiman designs are handmade, high quality, eye catching and always aiming to be left of centre. All Poppy's accessories are proudly made using only vegan or faux leather products, they are cruelty free with no animal parts.
Alister Yiap's Luxury Lady has been inspired by the theme of mineral wealth, specific to Western Australia. The metallic faceted design works to showcase all the beauty our state offers, from minerals and mining, to luxury commodities such as gold, pearls, diamonds and Lexus Cars!
Jean and June Pastore are visual artists working with glass, mixed media, new media and wood. They are passionate about making a difference with their art and constantly experimenting with new ideas.
Covering the cow in woollen blankets, like that of wrapping and stitching into place, is an act of protection or hiding. Blankets link to Australian history and the corporality of human bodies - grey blankets are not domestic, but military.
The famous Chinese philosopher Laozi was known to ride around on a cow (specifically an Oxen) and this has been said to represent the wisdom he attained throughout his life.
The ae’lkemi flagship store houses ready-to-wear, couture and an in house studio all within the one premises. The ae’lkemi brand has become synonymous with doing things the old school way - strong in tradition with a contemporise spin.
Pascal Proteau’s “slight” extension of the horns are intended to stimulate curiosity, discovery and exploration. Born in Quebec, Canada, Pascal grew up in a large hunting family and experienced contact with deer and moose, horns, antlers and bones.
Artist Liam Dee really wanted to play around with the form of the Cow and make it into something out of the ordinary. His practice involves the adding of hypnotic elements to natural shapes.
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The Empire Rose concept is an extension of their 20th anniversary collection unveiled as part of the 2016 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival where uber street meets high end decadence.
Traditionally used to highlight façade signage, Benjamin Kontoolas draws inspiration from playing on comic elements inherent in the bawdy and taboo, establishing neon as a satirical and ironic art form.
Independent Western Australian fashion label Katherine Dunmill have a natural aesthetic with a focus on quality fabrication and craftsmanship, emphasising the use of natural materials that have become synonymous with the Dunmill aesthetic.
The inspiration for Marcia Espinosa’s Wish Moo was the concept of the Cow as a sacred object, a being to which people could address their prayers and also express their earthly hopes and desires.
Helen Smith’s work discusses a state of equilibrium, in physical terms, relative to biology and subsequently the environment. Helen’s practice is influenced by a formal, minimalist view-point with simplicity of form and geometric abstraction generally contributing to the outcome.
This artwork by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah takes inspiration from the Old Testament story of the Red Heifer. The work explores the layers of cultural significance and historical impact that a single animal can potentially have in current global politics.
Leanne Bray's work is often defined by her ability to create harmonious design, incorporating bold swaths of rich patterning, implied textural content and complex, beautiful layers of colour. Her Cow offers the perfect canvas to continue her exploration of these notions.
Ian de Souza is a full time practicing artist and educator with an exhibition history spanning 33 years. The sustained force of his artistic exploration is the fluid connection between light, line, colour and movement; all present in the wild flora of Western Australia.
Philip Gamblen’s work is a continuing investigation into electro-mechanical sound sculptures. He is especially interested in exhibiting a 'performing artwork' in a public arena. Bongo is a sound cow that grooves to a unique percussive beat.
Lex spent a number of years in hospital with a chronic illness when he was a teenager. The things that still stick with him from that time are firstly that he felt safe, nurtured and cared for and secondly that there was a constant fear - of not getting better, pain, uncertainty.
Lawry Halden is one of Perth's major painters of murals, where he uses aerosol. Lawry intentionally keeps his imagery ambiguous in order for the viewer to engage and play a part in bringing them to life.
Kerrie will be working with the public across the CowParade Community Days to produce two cows. For more information on how you can get involved, visit the Community Cows page.
Lisa Dymond’s inspiration is drawn from how we domesticate and control animals as a commodity – the repeated pattern of humans trying to control their world, to live a comfortable life. The zoetrope is a playful way of creating a repeated process in an art form.