Rose Keeffe

Desecrate, 2020

11 x 14 in.

Oil and Embroidery on Canvas



Rose Keeffe: Iconoclast 

January 16 - 30, 2021


A painting of a pomegranate being impaled with a knife. I wanted to mimic the violence of the stabbing by sewing along the point of entry of the knife. The act of sewing is a stabbing through fabric. I felt that the femininity of the fruit and of sewing paralleled each other as well.

ROSE KEEFFE, Desecrate

SKU: RK017
  • 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.


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