A Humament

Quite by chance, I ran across the work of Tom Phillips, a living British artist who is known for painting, particularly portraiture, and other mixed media works. He is a prolific writer, and even composed an opera (Irma), a recording of which was produced by Brian Eno. Eno was an art student of Phillips’ and a frequent subject of his portraits.

Since the 60’s Phillips has been revising and republishing his “altered book”, A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel. In a randomly purchased book, he manipulated the text to reveal his own story, with each page being a work of art in itself.

The original work,  A Human Document by William Hurrell Mallock, was shortened to A Human Document. Phillips used the same technique in many of his other works, always using Mallock as source material.

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Tom Phillips entry on Wikipedia

Tom Phillips official website and blog

Post from Regina Hackett’s blog, Another Bouncing Ball, where I originally ran across the artist.

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