The concept of hiding and revealing type on the printed page and creating an art object is reminescent of Tom Philips’ treated novel; the humument, in which he drew and painted over 360 pages of dense type. The results of which are brilliant and can be found reproduced online on this excellent website: http://www.humument.com/gallery/tetrad/0/001010/index.html
A Humument is a sustained manipulation and restructuring of W.H. Mallock’s forgotten Victorian novel A Human Document. Working directly on original pages, Tom Phillips eliminates sections of text to reveal residual and previously hidden syntagms.