Doomsday Machine, 2020
Oil on Canvas
18 x 24 in.
January 16 - 30, 2021
Painted during Covid-19 quarantine, this work depicts my bedside table with the slightly surreal incorporation of the Star trek control panel from the episode The Doomsday Machine (1967). The red button is in the on position which, in reference to the episode, indicates self-destruct. This work is meant to explore the hopeless and unhealthy state I suffered in isolation and incorporate it into the media I was consuming in bulk at the time, namely Star Trek.
ROSE KEEFFE, Doomsday Machine
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.