March 17, 2019

Asking oneself “who am I?” is something we all do but in today’s culture you could imagine some people having multiple answers for who they are depending on where we are talking about.

When I looked in the mirror a few years ago I asked myself a slightly different question, I said “Holy shit, that’s me?!”. This has happened many times to me; confused by the person in the mirror. It’s me, no doubt, but it’s not who I feel I am....

January 24, 2019

I’ve always been drawn to photographs by Edward Curtis. They seem to capture a place and time that seems even distant beyond the years when the photos were shot. I remember reading at one point that Curtis would embellish some of the pictures with items he had collected on his travels visiting different tribes and how he would occasionally manipulate photos in the dark room. I remember a pang of discomfort when reading this. O...

November 3, 2018

This project started innocently enough. I wanted to see if it was possible to create a skull chair that was satisfying to look at. I don't know why I became obsessed with it but I noticed that there were two types of skull chairs out there. One type had a skull on the back rest of the chair so when you sat in it you covered it up. The other had the face of the skull on the back of the chair so if you sat in it like a normal ch...

August 23, 2018

This project was started nearly a year ago. It was one of those that was slow to get rolling and even after it was completed I still sat with it for a while. That's probably because it's a bit dark and I wasn't sure how I felt about it.

I ran into an article online a while back about Victorian death photos. These were pictures that people took with the recently deceased and not in a coffin but they would dress up and pose the p...

July 22, 2018

When I was a kid I would often spend hours with my brothers copy of the Guinness Book of World Records. I would dream of being in that book. When I was in second grade we had a foreign exchange student from Finland named Hannu and he could juggle a soccer ball with his feet for a few minutes and I thought maybe I could learn how to do that! But I was lazy and didn't get very far. As the years went by, getting a world record fe...

July 4, 2018


The other day I was in Half Price Books and saw a kaleidoscope and wondered what it would look like to film through it while drawing. Granted this could be more easily done with an app but there was something about the physical process that seemed interesting.

So, two tripods were setup. One held the kaleidoscope and the other held the camera. Got the kaleidoscope about an inch from the surface and began filming. I was surp...

July 3, 2018

Audio Update: Please listen. The pictures connect.

June 20, 2018

June 20th

I finally have an edited video that I can share that shows what this project is. This will be a longterm endeavor as I plan on doing a minimum of 1,000 feet. The idea is simple, if you haven't yet, please share a memory about a death you remember as a voicemail at 651-321-4996. Then I will write your story into the piece.

June 9th

The project has been underway for a few weeks now and already done a lot of work. Here's a...

June 11, 2018

It's kind of cracking me up that my website service puts "download single" on this. But I can't find another quick easy way to upload. So here it is.

Anyway, I promised some pics. This one is the real size measurements of my planning.

And then here is the chair made with aluminum.

Next is the real treasure :) it's an extremely rough mockup of how the inflatable will pop out of the chairs inner portion.

And here is what the inflata...

May 10, 2018

A lot of my work tends to be quite large in scale. But I was interested in creating a bunch of works that were tiny.

This may become its own little series, different moments in our culture captured in fingerprints. 

I think I may go back and create a few gifs that capture the process. Even though it's simple, I think it would be quite pleasing. If I do that, I will update this post and you will be the only one that's the wiser.


April 10, 2018

This project took all of 2017 to create. It was an amazing amount of time that went into it. It's was also an amazing amount of stories that went into it, over 600. 

I found myself, as many people did over the last few years hearing about the war in Syria. I have always struggled (in a certain sense) to understand war as I've grown up without a war on our soil. It's difficult to imagine a military or other group coming through...

April 9, 2018

Being able to hear and share memories with people during the "When I Was 7" project was a meaningful experience. When I would talk about this project with others, share interesting stories that people had shared with me, it would spark new conversations. That was why this book came together. I wanted other people to have this experience of discussing a time in life that isn't discussed often. Usually we look back at our childh...

April 5, 2018

A while back I met up with a guy from Craigslist. Seems like a lot of great stories could start with that line. ha. Anyway, the guy had a Fender guitar that I was looking to buy. I drove out to his house and found him bored to death because he was taking some time off of work for a thrown back or a bum knee I don't remember. But he was chatty. 

He showed me the guitar but wouldn't let me hold it. He pointed out some of the piec...

April 4, 2018

Automatic writing has always been interesting to me. Just let the mind flow and see where it goes. But I needed a little more structure than that. So I created these gridded sheets (made by hand) then designed an animation and translated it into the book. Then I let the writing flow. The result is an animation of a bird flying (duck in this case). There’s more of these coming. I’ll make a more formal video in a bit. 


February 1, 2018

This pic was one that was also long in the making. I had many of the leaves for almost a decade having collected them and pressed them when I was in Seattle. At the time I didn’t know what I was going to do with them but I liked the variation in color between the top and bottom. 


Not long ago I decided I was going to find a way to work with them. I played around with a few different ideas but ultimately found myself drawn back...

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Phil Hansen

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