Jessica Rankin
Field of Mars

Field of Mars
, 2016
Installation view
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Jessica Rankin’s inaugural exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery ‘Field of Mars’ was inspired by the artist’s last trip to Australia in 2014, when Rankin came to find her mother’s burial site, in the aptly named ‘Field of Mars’ cemetery outside Sydney. Rankin’s mother was the prominent poet and playwright Jennifer Rankin who passed away in 1979.  Her poetic influence is expressed in Rankin’s practice through textual arrangements and word collages that she composes and recomposes using methodologies of chance.

Jessica Rankin’s visual language explores the ways meaning may be ascribed onto landscape. The artist investigates personal connections to the environment by capturing the composition of the sky on dates of particular personal significance. The resulting compositions reflect those moments with what she refers to as mindscapes. The watercolours and drawings in the exhibition are both universal as well as being pockets of memories in a personal narrative. The embroideries suggest abstract landscapes, which stem from recollections, external observations and internal experiences. Using needle and thread, each lyrical composition is embedded with layers, codes and constellations that comprise psycho-geographic maps.

Rankin’s interest in the way meaning is associated with natural phenomena has led her to explore astronomical studies of the stars as well as poetic astrological interpretations. She is also drawn to trans-cultural relationships to land and instils in her work a wide spectrum of meaning.

Jessica Rankin

Field of Mars
, 2016
Embroidery on organdy
131.5 x 172.3 cm

Jessica Rankin

Heavier Than Air (after Lyn Hejinian)
, 2016
Embroidery on organdy
146.5 x 144 cm

Jessica Rankin

Let’s Forget
, 2016
Embroidery on organdy
213.4 x 213.4 cm

Jessica Rankin

Without Coastal Defense
, 2016
Embroidery on organdy
106.7 x 320 cm

Jessica Rankin

Could I Just Have the Sober Hand
, 2016
Hand made collage on paper
Edition of 4
Image size: 38 x 183.5 cm, framed size: 43.2 x 185.5 cm

Jessica Rankin

Thought to Belong
, 2016
Ink and collage on paper
Image size: 106.7 x 106.7 cm, framed size: 113 x 113 cm

Jessica Rankin

Easy Noise
, 2016
Ink, graphite and collage on paper

Image size: 106.7 x 106.7 cm, framed size: 113 x 113 cm

Jessica Rankin

To the Complex Never
, 2016
Ink and collage on paper

Image size: 106.7 x 106.7 cm, framed size: 113 x 113 cm

Jessica Rankin

Waver
, 2016
Graphite on paper
Image size: 139.7 x 139.7cm, framed size: 146.5 x 146.5 cm

Jessica Rankin

And What Of That Far Gone Beach
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49.5 cm

Jessica Rankin

Much Placid Want
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49.5 cm

Jessica Rankin

Which Ghost Town
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Acting Whole
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Focus Made Warped
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Also I Failed at Being Giant
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Sketching Thought Under Condemnation
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Melancholy Permeates Everything
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Width of Superstition
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Scientists Kept my Childhood From Me
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Free To Think Or Thinking?
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Feel Own Words Shedding
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Name For the Air
, 2016
Collage and ink on paper
Image size: 30.5 x 30.5 cm, framed size: 49.5 x 49 cm

Jessica Rankin

Remember the Pyramids
, 2015
Collage and ink on paper
14.2 x 9 cm (closed)

Jessica Rankin

My Chief Mother
, 2015
Collage and ink on paper
14.2 x 9 cm (closed)

Jessica Rankin

You Needed It More
, 2014
Collage and ink on paper
21.2 x 13.3 cm (closed)