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 include: 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


Created from an archive of objects in my Rome studio during 2017/18, These Things considers how memory and thought are shaped. Fabric veils and ghosts of things no longer present offer recurring relationships across a sequence of elusive, nonverbal objects. Substance. absence and language act in discord to reinforce that things are not as they seem.

The sky provides a framework for semantic uncertainty throughout These Things. As both a creative collaborator and a character in the book, the sky is a temporal stasis for recording and suspending the life of objects. Many of the images in These Things are created of, from, or with the sky, beginning with the unique cyanotype frontispiece, where the footprint of an object is preserved directly into fabric with the passing sun. Imagery of the unbroken, blue Rome sky is introduced early in the book through a portal that resembles a celestial body, but is in fact an image taken from inside the Ardeatine Caves outside of Rome.* As the pages progress, the artifacts contained in the book are interrupted and then replaced by the 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 closing line of the poem offers reflection to the objects — real and reproduced — contained in the book: "Things you cannot say."

*Site of the Fosse Ardeatine massacre, where a mass killing of 335 Roman civilians and political prisoners was carried out by German occupation troops on 24 March 1944. The caves and surrounding land are now home of the Mausoleo Fosse Ardeatine.





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