Leslie Hirst
Shown & Said
2016
cyanotypes on silk and cotton
In the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein proposes a philosophy of representation whereby facts, objects and thoughts extend beyond language. In these terms, the attachment of a picture to reality creates an illogical space.

Wittgenstein's concepts resonated with me during an artist's residency in Krems, Austria, not far from his birthplace of Vienna. Using the objects in my studio, I created cyanotypes on silk and other found fabrics. The solar prints refer to displaced experience and translation from form to language. The ghosts of ontological forms are arranged and organized like a ransom note that transcends the physicality of the respective materials. Like lies that lie in things, these fabrics can be read to reinforce Wittgenstein’s proposition:

"What can be shown cannot be said."