Beryl Korot, ‘Florence’, 2008, bitforms gallery

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"As I viewed the weaving Iʼd made on the computer the name Florence Nightingale came to mind, and I realized that though her name had become a cliché, I had no idea who she really was. And so I sifted through hundreds of pages of her brilliant writings, which included an intense rejection of her upper class English background as she sought to find a life of meaning and purpose apart from what was designated by birth. At 30 she set off with a ragtag group of women to save men outside of Istanbul during the brutal Crimean War, and transformed what had been complete neglect on the battlefield into a system of caring for the wounded.

Through the very slow, rhythmic falling of words against a background literally woven from moving video images, (winter storms, boiling water) a new sense of reading and time is created. This piece and Etty are companions. These two works are a kind of poetry from other peopleʼs words... also a kind of soliloquy. They are about people whose actions transcend fear—not in a momentary, instinctual way— but over a sustained period of time." -Beryl Korot

About Beryl Korot

An early video art pioneer, Beryl Korot is well known for her installation works that explore the relationship between analog technologies—such as the loom—and video. “Just as the spinning and gathering of wool serve as the raw material for a weave,” Korot says, “so the artist working with video selects images to serve as the basic substance of the work.” With landmark multiple-channel installation works such as Text and Commentary (1977), Korot developed new possibilities for the creation of visual narratives; in other works, she has used painting to meditate on language by inventing a coded analog grid for the Roman alphabet. In 1970 Korot co-founded Radical Software, an early publication to explore alternative communication systems.

American, b. 1945, New York, New York