Keith EdmierA Dozen Roses 1998

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Keith Edmier (born 1967)
A Dozen Roses
Date 1998
MediumResin and satin ribbon
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 300 x 800 x 500 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2001
Not on display


This is a life-size replica of a bouquet of twelve roses, cast in semi-transparent dark pink resin. The long-stemmed, open blooms and their proliferation of reddish-pink leaves are tied together at the base with a maroon coloured satin ribbon. The bouquet is displayed lying on its side on a white plinth. The work is based on the bouquet of red roses carried by Jacqueline Kennedy (1929-94) on the day that her husband, the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy (1917-63), was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. A photograph taken on that day, 22nd November 1963, shows Jackie holding the bouquet (reproduced in Keith Edmier, p.16).

Although it may be exhibited separately, A Dozen Roses is a companion work to Beverly Edmier 1967 (Tate T07747), a cast of the artist’s pregnant mother a few months before his birth. Beverly Edmier wears a pink wool suit resembling the one worn by Jackie Kennedy on the day of her husband’s assassination and has a similar hairstyle. Her bowed head and bared belly are cast in the same shade of pink resin to that of the roses. Because the resin is transparent, the unborn foetus is visible… (read more)

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