Looking at Tom Phillips ‘Humument’ Work

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1) Where would you find one of these artworks that Tom Phillips has created?

2) What does Tom Phillips do to a page to create one of his artworks?

3) The pages all have one thing in common, what is it?

4) What would you say was the link between the words and the images?

5) What media does Tom Phillips use to create his artwork?

6) Tom Phillips treats the edge of his artworks in different ways.  Describe some of the edges you can see?


6 thoughts on “Looking at Tom Phillips ‘Humument’ Work

  1. 1) Where would you find one of these artworks that Tom Phillips has created?
    You would find one of these artworks in a Tom Phillips art book or on the internet.

    2) What does Tom Phillips do to a page to create one of his artworks?
    His main focus is to pick out random words on the page to make a sentence or various sentences and then cover up the other words with a drawing or painting e.t.c

    3) The pages all have one thing in common, what is it?
    The pages have all been previously used in a book.

    4) What would you say was the link between the words and the images?
    I would say that the link betweeen the words and the images are the story. In every sentence that Tom creates, there’s a story. Something probably to do with something that has happened to him or something that he likes, these link the pictures and the words together.

    5) What media does Tom Phillips use to create his artwork?
    Tom Phillips uses drawing or painting media to create his artwork

    6) Tom Phillips treats the edge of his artworks in different ways. Describe some of the edges you can see? I can see that he has ripped some of his edges, he has created a different edge than the actually edges by drawing something else and he has painted or coloured in the edges to go with the text and or picture which he has chosen to do.

  2. You would find his artwork inside one of his books that he has created.

    He picks out meaningful or random words and then makes them stand out as he decorates the background using a variety of methods. He paints solid colours, adds images, paints a scene, person or thing. He creates a border around each page but often breaks it which makes the artwork even more interesting.

    All of his pages have one thing in common which is that they are all from the same book and they all have words that have been picked out, with their backgrounds decorated in different ways.

    The link between the words and the images is either something very obvious e.g talking about love and having a rose image, or it could be something less obvious for instance having a more abstract background with shapes, or even just having a background with a block colour with words about anything.

    The media he uses is books from pages and he decorates them using paints and pen lines. He paints in different ways to give different effects.

    The type of edges he uses varies. He always makes a border, but most of the time he will break it, which he uses different ways to do this. He has one of the text boxes just sticking out a little, or has a shape that breaks the line, has jagged lines that leave the box, has curvy or wavy edges, does not have the whole border connected- it has breaks in the actual structure of the box.

  3. 1) You would find one of Tom Phillip’s pieces of artwork in his book, Humument.
    2) To create one of his artworks Tom Phillip’s selects and singles out words on a page from a book to form some sort of sentence that doesn’t always quite make sense. Then he creates a background surrounding the words which covers all the other words making the selected ones stand out.
    3) The thing that all pages have in common are the singled out words strung together to make the different sentences.
    4) The link between the words and the images is that the words might suggest something and then the background image either comfirms what you think the words meant or make you think of something completely different.
    5) The different medias Tom Phillip’s uses to create his artwork are pens to do the cross-hatching and paint.
    6) Tom Phillip’s treats the edge of his artwork in different ways, for example on some he has done a simple rectangle outline but then some of the selected words come out of that rectangle. On another one he has done a ripped piece of paper onto the book page with the words coming over the edge.

  4. 1) You would find Tom Phillips artwork in books. These books are called ‘The Humument’, ‘Merely Connected’ and ‘The Humument: Variants and Variations’. Although his most famous work is ‘The Humument’ and this is the book we look mostly at in year 9.

    2)To create his artwork Tom Phillips firstly selects works off his page which create sentences with different meanings. He then borders his selected words in black ink, he uses various techniques to do this but his most used technique is going round them as if the were speech bubbles. Using different types of media he surrounds his chosen work blocking out all the other words on the page, hence only showing the sentence he carefully selected previously.

    3) All of the pages that Tom Phillips have one thing in common, this is that they contain carefully structured sentences selected form the text that was already on the page, but all of the pages had different styles of media and the structure of the sentences differs page-to-page.

    4)Looking at Tom Phillips work I would say that there is a definite connection between the text and pictures. I think that Tom Phillips, when is creates meaningful backgrounds- for example; scenes,people and objects, definitely has ties between the words you read and the images that you see on the page. However when he does random patterns or prints I have to say that I see no real connection between the printed words and the images in the background.

    5) To create his artwork he uses bold lines and shapes around the text. However to create the main part of the page, the background picture, he uses all sorts of media. For example he has cross hatching, watercolours, other scraps of paper and also pencil as well as many others.

    6) Looking at the edges of Tom Phillips artwork you can immediately see some differences in how he borders his work. Some of the different ways are; doing straight double lined borders and this makes the edge seem almost like a picture frame making it stand out, he also has jagged edges that come off the page and this gives his work a abstract quality and makes the edges stand out, he can also use the edges to make the book look like something completely different like on one of his pieces he splits up the page and makes it look like a piece of ripped parchment this is really cleaver because it brings new dimensions to his work making it seem, and look like a real piece of paper.

  5. 1. You can find Tom Philips work on his website or in books.

    2. Tom Philips picks out specific words and makes a sentence. The sentence might not make sense and have no meaning to us but it makes sense and has meaning to Tom Philips. He then draws a picture in the background which is associated with the sentence in some way. He makes it stand out by painting the picture and background or drawing lines in different directions. He leaves the sentence out so it is readable.

    3. They are all to do with people and feelings. You have to read between the lines to work out what the sentences means.

    4. The pictures all represent something in the sentences. For example in the picture of the roses the word rose is mentioned and the sentence is a bit about love. The rose represents love.

    5. Tom Philips uses paints, pens, pencils and sometimes charcoal.

    6. In some pictures the edges are straight with a bit of the sentence sticking out. Other pictures have the picture sticking out. In one picture the picture has been drawn to make it look like the actual page is on a slant but it is the drawing that is on a slant.

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