These Things
Leslie Hirst These Things Artist's Book with custom casing
These Things
2020 - 2022 (RELEASE DATE FALL 2022)
Artist's Book with custom casing
cover size: 12.25 in. x 10 in.

These Things is a 40-page, hand-bound edition of 14 unique artist's books

Frontispiece: Each edition displays a unique cyanotype print on cotton fabric.
Interior: Moab entrada rag natural 190, double sided paper. Inkjet prints of 11 photographs of original manual artworks; 5 digitally produced artworks; 7 original photographs; and 3 photographs of archived objects. Two interior pages are original cyanotype prints on silk. The front and back liner sheets are handmade papers with custom watermark.
Poem by Joanna Klink, The birds have disappeared into trees, from the selection of poems entitled NIGHT SKY. Published in the collection The Nightfields by Penguin Random House LLC.

Text, Garamond
Handmade Abaca pulp paper with custom watermark
Canapetta Bookcloth
Leslie Hirst These Things


These Things moves moves between substance and language to question what is seen vs. perceived. Assembled from an archive of objects in my Rome studio during 2017/18, Fabric veils and ghosts of once-present solids expose the instability of images and their role in shaping memory and thought. As the sequence of objects dissolves, it is replaced by words from a poem by Joanna Klink. The poem congers vivid object-associations that appear more clearly in the mind's eye than the visual items represented. The poem and book close with the line:
"Things you cannot say."
Leslie Hirst These Things

Leslie Hirst These Things

Leslie Hirst These Things

Leslie Hirst These Things

Leslie Hirst These Things Artist's Book
These Things
2020 - 2022
Artist's Book
12.25 x 10 in. (closed cover dimension)
Leslie Hirst These Things unique cyanotype prints on cotton fabric
These Things, frontispieces
unique cyanotype prints on cotton fabric
9.25 in. x 8.5 in.
Leslie Hirst These Things
These Things
2018
12.25 x 20 in. (open spread dimension)
Leslie Hirst These Things
These Things
2018
12.25 x 20 in. (open spread dimension)

The birds have disappeared into trees, a troubling quiet.
You feel the loose mirrors around you, a forest of
water. Lakes sway in your chest. Will you starve
in such drench and coldness, be choked with distaste?
You could stand here for hours and then turn to
storm—sheer refusal and will. You could collapse
into fear and draw back into foam. These sheets of rain
are fences and crops, deeds, statues, ponds.
They are things you can’t change. Things you can’t say.

- Joanna Klink