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 seamless composition comprising more than 70 original transparencies photographed in various corners of the globe.
'Under Construction' is a comment on the nature of belief and, as the title implies, contends that humanity's various belief systems are - at best - merely ongoing works in progress. It was inspired by the cultural shock of moving to a Buddhist society after more than forty years spent living in Western Europe.
The Buddhist temple that forms the back drop for this intriguing image is called 'The Sanctuary of Truth' located in Eastern Thailand. It is made entirely of hand-carved wood and is itself permanently under construction.
An interesting analysis of this unique artist's work can be seen at - www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NJdSkm92DE
Rouse discusses the image in a short audio file at http://www.dominicrouse.com/audio/construction.mp3
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.
"Dominic Rouse would be the first to admit that his use of the camera and the darkroom are unusual. Photography as a wide and varied community of folks is a very big tent indeed and his corner of photography has few fellow travellers. Contemporarily Jerry Uelsmann comes to mind. But when I think of his work I think more of the painters Bruegel, Hieronymus Bosch and René Magritte. Rouse does not photograph the world he makes photographs of his mind. Looking at his images is a profoundly different experience than looking at, say, an Ansel Adams photograph. With Adams one prepares for his photographs by reading John Muir. With Rouse one prepares by reading Lewis Carroll, or even Freud." (Brooks Jensen - LensWork Publishing, USA)
one aging male model, one eagle, an ostrich, one buddhist temple (wooden), a repressed longing for reconciliation with Holy Mother Church, imagination, inspiration, sombre light, impeccable craftmsmanship, blood, sweat & tears.