Rose Keeffe

An Ideal Husband, 2018

Oil on Canvas

25 x 35 in.



Rose Keeffe: Iconoclast

January 16 - 30, 2021


This painting depicts Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich seated on the cars from Carol (2015) and Thelma and Loise (1991). This work seeks to celebrate the prevalence of lesbians in Hollywood (often referred to

as the sewing circle) and create a space for these iconic actresses to be free from a cultural memory that often forgets their LGBTQ+ identities. The cars represent the trope of the “escape vehicle” and in their respective films, served to liberate queer women from heteronormative society. In this work, I create a fiction in which Garbo and Dietrich can escape a heteronormative culture.

ROSE KEEFFE, An Ideal Husband

SKU: RK003
  • 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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