Sarah as Persephone, 2020
11 x 14 in.
Oil on Canvas
January 16 - 30, 2021
A portrait of my girlfriend Sarah as the goddess Persephone. I painter her as such because she brings light and vivacity to my life, much like Persephone did to Hades and the underworld. I painted her stylistically to invoke the pre-Raphaelites due to her beautiful red hair and how I view her as my muse.
ROSE KEEFFE, Sarah as Persephone
Rose Keeffe received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. Since then, she has set up her studio in the greater Boston area where she continues to expand and explore her art process.
Keeffe works primarily in oil, but utilizes digital mediums heavily in her ideation process, creating collages in photoshop that she then synthesizes on the canvas. She pulls imagery from mythological and historical sources to contextualize and articulate her own personal narratives and create depth and complexity in her work.
Her recent works center around the skepticism and disillusionment she feels as a recent college graduate in the current social environment. Her works reflect on her experiences being a young lesbian as she endeavors find acceptance in a world with values and expectations to which she finds impossible to relate.