‘As Is When’
Series of 12 Screenprints 1965
Published by Editions Alecto, London
Printed at Kelpra Studios, London
This body of work consists of a series of twelve prints that deals with the life and writings of the Austrian born philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Paolozzi was fascinated with the writings of Wittgenstein, in particular his analysis of how language is constructed and imagined visually. Paolozzi recognised his own concerns in the philosopher’s preoccupation with the ‘pictorial’ nature of sentence structure and meaning. He explored the relationships between composition, form and colour in his assemblages, in the same way that Wittgenstein broke down meaning and connotation in the written or spoken word.
‘As Is When’ represents a major landmark in the collaborative process between artist and master printmaker, and the development of screenprinting as a respected fine art medium. Working closely with Chris Prater and his assistants at Kelpra Studios, Paolozzi created a then unprecedented body of work using an enormous variety of source material.