Continuing the interplay between animality and domestication that distinguishes much of Marianna Simnett's work, the piece revolves around the image of an udder as a symbol of innocence and abundance. All is not quite what it seems, however, as the piece develops into a wider reflection on our desire for pristine, virginal images of nature and our knowledge that these images, like milk itself, are not always inherently ‘natural’ but often the product of a complex system of technological manufacture.
The Udder was commissioned as part of the Jerwood/FVU Awards. A collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and FVU in association with CCA, Glasgow and University of East London. FVU is supported by Arts Council England.
Toxic Womanhood also features two other short films: Blood Moon by Myrid Carten and Germs by Rachel Maclean, and a main film: Female Trouble by John Waters.