Sheela Gowda (India)
Untitled, 1993-95
Cowdung on paper and wall
size variable
Sheela Gowda is a promising younger artist in India (born 1957);
she lives and works in Bangalore. Ms. Gowda uses cow dung as
a painting medium as a reference to the importance of cows in India,
whether religious or functional, the latter including building with cow dung.

Using the cow dung, Sheela Gowda exhibits an untitled (1993-95) project of
drawings. Gowda changed from using traditional materials to using cow dung
during the riots by Hindu fundamentalists in Bombay in 1991. In India, images
of gods are sometimes made from cow dung, and in everyday life cow dung
is used as fuel, mud-wall support and toys.