Moovers and mak­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Tanya MacNaughton

THE cows are on the loose with the in­au­gu­ral 2016 CowPa­rade Perth.

The six-week pub­lic art ex­hi­bi­tion, fea­tur­ing 40 life-sized fi­bre­glass cows painted and styled by lo­cal artists and fash­ion de­sign­ers, has been staged in 79 cities, 32 coun­tries and six con­ti­nents, and raises funds for lo­cal char­i­ties fo­cus­ing on child health re­search.

Some cows were auc­tioned at last month’s Lexus Ball for Telethon and vis­i­tors to the CBD will no­tice bovine through­out the malls, parks, build­ings and precincts un­til De­cem­ber 11.

Mt Clare­mont artist Mar­cia Espinosa was in­vited by Perth Pub­lic Art Foun­da­tion and the City of Perth to add her cre­ativ­ity to one of the cows.

The Chilean artist moved to Perth nine years ago with her fam­ily, where she grad­u­ated from Cen­tral In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in 2014 and ex­hib­ited in last year’s Hatched at PICA.

“I was very glad to be asked and see it as a great op­por­tu­nity to show my work to the com­mu­nity,” the mother of three said.

“Cows are sa­cred in Chile, so I de­cided to turn mine into a sa­cred be­ing; a shrine cov­ered in dif­fer­ent mo­tifs and sym­bols.

“It re­flects my Latin Amer­i­can back­ground with tex­tiles for north­ern Chile where I come from and is a colour­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the mys­ti­cal con­nec­tion be­tween heaven and earth.”

Espinosa com­pleted her de­sign in the CowPa­rade city stu­dio with other artists work­ing on their cows.

She said it was great to see ev­ery­one else work­ing so hard on the project and how much va­ri­ety there was.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing to see how the same ob­ject, the cow, can look so dif­fer­ent,” Espinosa said.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic way to raise money and peo­ple will see them on their way to work or shop­ping.

“I’d love to be in­volved again if they in­vited me.”

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