I kept this very unusual and intriguing press cutting for several years, unsure why I was keeping it or what I should do with it. Variously thought of as a symbol of oppression, segregation, fashion, modesty or privacy, this covering collides and co-exists with the freedom demonstrated on a western platform. Here is an expression that seems shocking and anti-establishment since it works through antagonism and visual shock. The transposition and relocation of a theological emblem from catwalk to newsreport to painting, serves to highlight, maintain, conserve and celebrate the many questions posed by this provocative image. There is an element of universality that comes through, that the woman under the veil could be anyone- an intellectual, a flirt, a seductress.