An image of O Rose VII

Kristin Headlam

(Australia 1953 – )

O Rose VII, from The Blake suite; 'Oh Rose'

Location
Not on display
Further information

Kristen Headlam studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts 1980-81, and has exhibited in Australia since 1988. She lives and works in Melbourne and in 2000 was the winner of the Moran Prize for portraiture.

In 1996, Headlam embarked on a series of paintings inspired by William Blake's poem 'The Sick Rose', from 'Songs of experience' 1794. Fragments of the text appear within the image.

The Sick Rose
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

Year
1996
Media
Print
Medium
drypoint, aquatint, printed in black and pink ink on ivory wove paper
Dimensions
22.2 x 22.2 cm platemark; 59.0 x 48.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "K Headlam ´96".

Credit
Gift of the artist 2001
Accession number
330.2001.7
Copyright
© Kristen Headlam, 1996. Licensed by Copyright Agency