Tom Phillips – A Humument

When i was looking through my work from the beginning of the year, i found some pieces that i had completely forgotten about. These were based on the works of Tom Phillips, in which he had filled an old book with individual designs, using the text on the page.

A brief description – 

“In 1966 artist Tom Phillips set himself a task: to find a second-hand book for threepence and alter every page by painting, collage and cut-up techniques to create an entirely new version. He found his threepenny novel in a junkshop on Peckham Rye, South London. This was an 1892 Victorian obscurity titled A Human Document by W.H Mallock and he titled his altered book A Humument. The first version of all 367 treated pages was published in 1973 since when there have been four revised editions. A Humument is now one of the best known and loved of all 20th Century artist’s books and is regarded as a seminal classic of postmodern art.”

http://humument.com

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Having researched into his work, we were told to create our own pieces in the style of Tom Phillips. I very much enjoyed this task, as we were able to use whatever media we wished and were encouraged to use images that inspired our own practice. 

Here are some examples of my work….

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