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The title of this work suggests that beneath the cowskin veil is a statue of
the Virgin Mary. The cow's udders have been arranged around the statue's head to suggest a sort of crown. The satin
train was made from a wedding dress belonging to the artist's grandmother.

 

The combination of cow's udders, the Virgin - the 'perfect woman' - and the wedding dress suggests a link between the function of cows and the traditional nurturing role ascribed to women.

 

November 2002