Elizabeth Rose obituary | Art


My daughter, Elizabeth Rose, who died at the age of 33 from Crohn’s disease, was a talented artist, curator and disability advocate who documented her illness on social media.

Elizabeth developed Crohn’s disease as a teenager and went on to lead an extraordinary artistic life, despite the disease’s steady progression, which led to the complete loss of a functioning digestive system.

She was born Elizabeth Rose Cockram in Brisbane, Australia, to Christine (née Flowers), a florist, and me, an engineer by trade. By the time Lizzy, our third child, was born, we were operating a hydroponic rose farm. When Christine and I separated in 1992, when Lizzy was four, she moved to the UK with her mother and was later renamed Elizabeth Rose.

Elizabeth Rose with her audiovisual installation, Arrangement, inspired by Japanese floristics, in 2018

Lizzy attended Simon Langton Girls’ High School in Canterbury, Kent, and studied fine art at Central Saint Martins, London. She was interested in cinema from an early age, supported and encouraged by her stepfather, Billy Luck. During her studies, she developed this interest by using cinema and photography as artistic mediums. She graduated with a first in 2010.

After university she worked as a gallery assistant at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. From 2012 to 2015 she worked with Limbo arts in Margate as assistant curator. In 2016, she toured Japan to study trends in Japanese art and was part of the programming team at Crate Gallery, Margate, where her audiovisual installation Arrangement, inspired by Japanese floristics, was exhibited in 2018. The same year, she became a partner. at the Open School East art school in London.

A significant event in Lizzy’s life was her High Court challenge in 2014 to secure egg harvesting facilities ahead of a bone marrow procedure that would render her infertile. Although the case was dismissed, it resulted in recommendations from the judge on funding that would improve outcomes for patients in a similar situation, and to that extent it was a leap forward.

Lizzy was very smart and resourceful, and communicated extensively through social media. His messages during the last years of his life were touching and inspiring. She endured the pain of her illness with great strength, posting on Instagram as @lizzyrosequartz with humor and humanity. When she died, she was awaiting a small intestine transplant.

She is survived by her mother and I, as well as her brothers, Richard and John. Her stepfather, Bill, died in January.


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