Born: Worcester, Massachusetts 1938
Died: New York, New York 2014
single-channel video, black and white, sound; 09:12 minutes Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by the Ford Motor Company
© 1973-1974, Nancy Holt
Smithsonian American Art Museum
3rd Floor, North Wing
Underscan draws its name from a process used in video editing in which edges of the image are compressed--a technique the artist uses here to reflect on the limits of time. She comprises a narrative out of still images and personal memories. Letters written by her Aunt Ethel detailing the experience of aging are read aloud, while photographs of Ethel's home are shown. As the video progresses, images become distorted and compressed, offering a moving message about the human experience and the fugitive nature of memory.