Bride is one of a series of large-scale works in pastel Rego made in 1994 which she called the Dog Women. She had previously worked mainly with oil paint, acrylics and watercolour, but discovered that working with pastel on paper, backed with canvas and laminated onto a sheet of aluminium for support, allowed her a liberating spontaneity. 'With pastel you don't have the brush between you and the surface. Your hand is making the picture. It's almost like being a sculptor … It's very tactile.' (Rego quoted in McEwen, p.215). Most of the works in this series depict a single monumental woman in a variety of animal-like poses in which she is simultaneously submissive and fiercely independent.
To be a dog woman is not necessarily to be downtrodden; that has very little to do