Rose Keeffe

Dear Lorena, 2018

Oil on Canvas
28 x 30 in.



Rose Keeffe: Iconoclast

January 16 - 30, 2021


This is a painting of Eleanor Roosevelt using a washing machine. The Laundry is spewing forth a series of letters addressed between herself and Lorena Hickok, her female lover. This work is meant to express my frustration with how history has erased or washed clean this lesbian aspect of Eleanors life and often records her relationship as a friendship despite the explicit nature of their written correspondence.

ROSE KEEFFE, Dear Lorena

SKU: RK005
  • 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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