A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (Fifth Edition) [Tom Phillips] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “A ‘treated Victorian novel’―treated. Explore Karry Henry Nowak’s board “Humument” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Altered books, Art sketchbook and Artist sketchbook. A Humument is a work of interwoven literary and artistic genius. It began with a trip to a thrift store in , where Phillips gave himself the task.

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A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel

A Humument First page of A Humumentedition. Each edition revises and replaces various pages. Humument is an example of erasure or found poetry.

As for the future of A HumumentHumhment believes that once he finishes the complete second version—he is down to the last couple of pages—it will be done.

This book is that, but for book lovers.

It seemed a good idea to push these devices into more ambitious service. A friend of a friend witnessed this book in humumejt exhibit in Paris and A book that makes you want to put it down And it is not really about the “plot,” if you can even say it has a plot.

Pages of a Humument: Tom Phillips on His Show at Flowers Gallery

The artist writes, ‘I plundered, mined and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lu In the mids, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W.


He then painted over each page or made a collage upon it, leaving some words legible that create a poem that one would never imagine was contained within the page.

View all 4 comments. Phillips has created and recreated his Humument mine’s the 4th edition–each different using Mallock’s text as his canvass.

Tom Phillips, Humument Fragments: In the mids, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W. Love this funky book made from altering a novel May 27, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: The actual story you can read in this book is often incomprehensible, sometimes boring, repetitive or even childish, with the exception of an odd page that is actually poetic — but the real story in this book is to be found in the process of its creation, and appreciation of all the inventive ways Phillips has found to subvert the original text of what was clearly a terrible novel into something much more enjoyable and good-humoured.

Human and humument and exhumed, earth humus, and all that. I won’t demean the beauty of this work by trying to explain the mechanics of its creation.

A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel by Tom Phillips

Phillips has worked on this novel? Nov 29, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is simply something you must try for yourself. May 22, Gina rated it it was amazing Shelves: His rule about scrap material: I have never come across its equal in later and more conscious searchings.


It just doesn’t lend itself to auditory appreciation humumdnt one likes the sound of pages flipping, which is, I must admit, one of the more pleasing sounds to my ears. Anyway, loved it and love hunument still. The piece has been performed twice and recorded, and Phillips has created a second full version of it. Return to Book Page. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I’d stripped away with visual images of all kinds.

Pages of a Humument: Tom Phillips on His Show at Flowers Gallery -ARTnews

Each page is so densely rich, even when almost starkly pared humumet, that I know I will come back to this again and again and again, whenever I want to experience the expansiveness of creative possibility. It was beautifully illustrated and the poems were unique, funny, and sometimes sad.

I can’t help you.

A revised edition of A Humument with more than 50 new pages followed two years later. It functions unlike hhmument other text I know, and Phillips dances brilliantly in his bizarre, self-imposed constraints. It reads like a blank verse poem. You can also browse visual samples of recent issues at Eye before You Buy.