Fiona Banner is a British artist whose work focuses on the intersection of language, culture, and recent history. She has worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, but is best known for making handwritten and printed texts that re-create an event through description, forming a visual environment. These "wordscapes" retell sequences from the world of cinema (such as her investigations of Apocalypse Now
and The French Connection
) or from actual events (such as the lunar landing of July 1969 and the 1974 George Foreman/Muhammad Ali fight).
Break Point revisits the chase scenes from Kathryn Bigelow's cult film Point Break (1991) in Banner's characteristic play-by-play style. The size and shape of the large paper on which the text is printed echo the proportions of a movie screen, while the printed words themselves, which become more condensed and frenzied as the chase progresses, finally appear to crash at the bottom.