Leslie Hirst
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Works on Paper
The language of materiality, by definition, implies a link between the verbal and visual. These works are composed of fragments, discarded shapes and accidental forms. They bend and layer symbols, systems of notation, and written communication, triggering alternate responses to communication codes.

The compositions are influenced by literary sources, such as Jorge Lois Borges' essay The Library of Babel. Borges describes an endless library that holds all human knowledge within identically constructed books containing every combination of the twenty-five orthographic symbols with every conceivable permutation, translated into every language - even those languages long lost or yet to come into being. Whether the the books divine humanity's greatest truths and secrets or are gibberish is unclear. The glut of information is useless except for its order and accumulation.