"The man of vision is charged with the duty of exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement and in order to see the light we must first acknowledge that we are in the dark." (Dominic Rouse, 1996)
A large archival pigment ink print in a hand-painted artist frame
Archival Epson Ultrachrome K3 Quad inks on Fotospeed DB 100% cotton rag acid-free paper
Image Size - 27" x 21" (68 x 54 cm)
Paper Size - 34" x 23" (86 x 58 cm)
Signed in pencil on front
'The cunning of unreason' took nearly four years to complete! The title is 'borrowed' from a short treatise written by the Elizabethan philosopher, statesman and "the father of empiricism" Francis Bacon. It is a seamless composition comprising dozens of original transparencies photographed in Europe, South & North America and South-East Asia.
An interesting video narrated by the artist which details some of the thoughts behind the making of this image can be seen at - ?v=86ADCETytgA
Museum quality framing
The edition is limited to 4 archival pigment ink prints on a heavy acid-free matt art paper. This print is signed and numbered (#1/4) on the front in pencil and embossed with the artist's blind stamp. The title and copyright details are noted on the back of the print.
The substantial wooden frame is made by the artist and hand painted by him in a style that matches the dereliction found in much of the image. Glazing is an expensive coated Museum Glass that reduces reflections to almost zero and the hinged bevel mount is a deep white archival board. The mount is also signed in pencil at lower front, right. The print is held in place by "silver safe" paper corners. No adhesive is used.
"Whether considering P H Emerson and his albumen prints or Edward Weston to Jerry Uelsmann with their work with gelatin silver, or for that matter Dominic Rouse with his digitally montaged images, it's the mind of the photographer and his exploration of the fundamental questions of life and death, love and loss, meaning and chaos that make photographic art captivating." (Brooks Jensen - LensWork Publishing, USA)
one female child, assorted birds & beasts, imagination, inspiration, sombre light, impeccable craftmsmanship, blood, sweat & tears.