Dominic Rose is a visual artist based in Margate. Working in a variety of media he focuses on the interaction between humans and the environment, order and chaos, the sublime and the mundane. Despite showing early promise in maths and science he studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Art Theory at Goldsmiths College.
“I went to a provincial art school in around the turn of the century. The London scene was still all about the YBAs but we were heavily influenced by minimalism and conceptual art. We went to great lengths making incidental art works pushing the boundaries of what could be considered art. Martin Creed won the Turner Prize when I was in my second year, I’m still in awe of him.
I like working in Photography for that reason, you can capture something very slight in a photograph without giving it undue significance. My subjects are often everyday aspects of life. The mundane allows the viewer to focus on the visual composition of the photograph rather than the content, the purity of which I find fascinating. As time went on I become interested in colour and light, undeniably two of the most profound aspects of visual art. There is also a level of absurdity making art from the mundane which I enjoy. Oscar Wilde famously stated “All art is quite useless” which I falsely interpreted as meaning anything useless has artistic merit.
As well as photography I work in any material which suits the theme of the work though I tend to limit myself to found materials. I recently did a series of oil paintings for which I handmade the paints out of locally sourced pigments. I also work in wood and have recently embarked on a piece of work in embroidery.
There are many themes running through my work which usually overlap. Progress and technology feature heavily, though in a pretty melancholy way. A lot of it reflects failure – I see it as being about the malaise that has gripped us since the end of the century and intensified since the financial crisis of 2008. Systems and logic also play a key role as do materials and the environment. Recently I have become quite interested in data, my current challenge is how to present something with no physical form.”