|Description:||The painting of the dead cow is a biographical piece inspired by the death of my uncles cow. It expresses succinctly something I was discussing in my course proposal. Namely that in the US and in this country, about 70% of adult women are in full time employment and 80% of the unpaid child care is done by women. Therefore we have a problem with vacant children. I asked in my course proposal, who makes up the gap?
A cow is a potent symbol of the giving of life and nourishment. The painting shows the underbelly, the most vulnerable part of the cow. It shows the udder, usually associated with milk, sweetness and nourishment, the colours of white, pink and green are associated in combination with spring and the renewal of life. Yet, the cow is dead and decaying. Sheâ€™s dissolving into her surroundings and the painting support itself is fading. The painting is an active piece whereby the redwood support will inherently deteriorate , except where the oils in the paint donâ€™t permit interaction with the air, but other areas will fade over time, turning grey. The support may even crumble adding further to the painting as a metaphor for the death and decay of nurturing.