Amity Island, 2020
Oil on Canvas
22 x 30 in.
January 16 - 30, 2021
Painted shortly after lockdown was lifted, this work splices Lucretia and the billboard babe from Jaws (1975). The way that Mayor Vaughn handled the shark situation in Jaws is reminiscent to me of the way Trump has dealt with Covid-19 and the defaced billboard from the film expressed sentiments similar to the frustration I have for my own government's inaction. Lucretia is a historic woman, whose martyrdom lead to the revolution that lead Rome from kingdom to republic. The use of her image expresses my feelings that the government is martyring its people and my hope that this injustice will lead to revolution.
ROSE KEEFFE, Amity Island
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.