Zoë as Athena, 2020
11 x 14 in.
Oil on Canvas
January 16 - 30, 2021
A portrait of my friend and former coworker, Zoë. I chose to paint her as the goddess Athena since she is a both a scholar and patron of the arts. Zoë possess much poise and an air of regality that inspired me to paint her in a style reminiscent of Sargent.
ROSE KEEFFE, Zoë as Athena
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.