Fiction is the lie that tells the truth.
Dreams are a reality that open windows onto a mystery.
Dominic Rouse, a contemporary digital photographer from England – now living in Thailand, likes to make images where illusion and reality overlap. His photographs put him in aesthetic relationship to Magritte, Dali, Ernst, Uelsmann, Arthur Tress and Maggie Taylor who are also surreal artists whose images are entertaining, visually dramatic and dream-like.
Rouse’s photographs are technically accomplished and invite us, even compel us, into his vivid imagination where he addresses emotional interiors such as love and loss, meaning and chaos, life and death, fears and desires, and religion and superstition. His images, rich in hypnotic hauntings, have somber tones and dark undertows. He works the relationship of Spirit to Flesh. His erotic images are mysteriously beautiful but he can also be a spiritual scare-maker.
Sometimes his illusory, staged vision makes us feel like he is a magician hiding tricks up his sleeve and at other moments he is Freud’s stage director making representations of unconscious universal fantasies.
Often, the answer to a question is a better question. There is no doubt, Rouse’s beautifully executed photographs will leave you questioning.
—Keith Auerbach, Pyro Gallery, November 2008