"Were it not for the pain to be found in the wider world I might not have sought sanctuary in the confinement of my own where I have found a limitless supply of the raw materials needed to make the images I do." (Dominic Rouse, 2006)
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
A painstaking composition comprising numerous original transparencies photographed in various corners of the globe.
'Ecce Homo' is a study of human despair. It was inspired in part by the English poet Philip Larkin's verse 'Nothing to be said' and partly by visits made to the killing fields of Cambodia in 2002. The background is a classroom in Phnom Penh which was used by the Khmer Rouge as an "interrogation facility" during its brutal regime.
The thoughts that went into the conception of this image and the story of its creation are told by the artist in a short video at - www.youtube.com/watch?v=axBz8dCDi_g
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. 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.
"Perhaps it is best to say that Dominic Rouse sits a little too long alone with is thoughts, spinning phantasmagorical allegories which he translates, through computer wizardry, into some of the most interesting, unsettling, brazen and fantastic images being made today." (David Best - B&W Magazine, USA)
one aging male model, pain & sorrow, man's inhumanity to man, a febrile imagination, inspiration, sombre light, impeccable craftmsmanship, blood, sweat & tears.