Thomas Broome is one of the most amazing contemporary artists around. He works in all different kinds of mediums, including coke cans, but my favorite work of his, by far, is his Modern Mantra series.
The Swedish artist makes a bold statement with typographic illustrations. Using Indian ink on white paper he creates illustrations of rooms inside a home. The kicker; instead of traditional lines and shading he uses the word of whatever he’s drawing to create the picture. If he’s drawing a sofa he uses the word ‘sofa’ over and over again to draw the sofa; the words that describe the objects comprise the objects themselves. Each repeated word is distorted and placed in perspective to accurately represent the object it symbolizes.
These typographic illustrations are a surreal reflection on our mind’s constant definition of our surroundings. You’re not aware of it but when you see a tree your brain thinks ‘tree’ and then you’re able to define what you’re looking at in your head. It’s happening constantly. It’s happening right now as you look at your computer monitor. There! You just thought ‘monitor,’ didn’t you. Look at the keys on your computer or smartphone. ‘Keys.’
But if you want to get deeper you can read transparentcities.com’s interpretation of the Modern Mantra series:
Broomé’s imagery shows how fashion is created by functioning in the same manner as a constructed epidemic; if a sufficient number of people repeat a logo or a brand, it finally becomes a confirmed truth.It is important to point out in this context that the English language is the most important weapon for quickly spreading these truly interactive messages all over our world.
Whatever your personal interpretation of Broome’s work each illustration in the series – most of them interiors of a home – is fascinating to see.[collection type=’slideshow’ style=’classic’]
All photos of artwork used with permission from Thomas Broome, whose work you can find here.
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