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Jessica Rankin

Artist

Jessica Rankin

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Jessica Rankin

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Jessica Rankin

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Jessica Rankin

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Jessica Rankin

b.1971 / Sydney Australia / Lives and works in NYC / Rutgers

mixed media

For more than a decade Jessica Rankin has been making  diaphanous embroideries, often adorned with the stellar constellations visible over her native Australia, and other references to the natural features of her homeland; as well as watercolors/text collages incorporating fragments of diaristic writing. Among her principal tools: needle and thread, watercolor and pencil, and her own poetry and writings. 

There's a core intimacy and a resonance of domesticity and traditional women's work in these needlepoint sunbursts and star fields, but strikingly, and perhaps  subversively, harnessed to evocations of infinite space, physical and metaphorical freedom and imaginative possibility.  The collages - "mental maps" informed by surrealist poetry and automatism, constructed on abstract monochrome watercolor fields,  richly speckled with little fortune-cookie sized paper strips bearing poetic phrases - also offer up intimate, small scale,  personal constituent elements that come together  in sweeping constellations.  Rankin's work seem to  offer to take us  to some deeply interior place and simultaneously to spaces much vaster than any self.


Jessica Rankin  Scarf I - Square
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Scarf I - Square

Poetic collages on silk or poly; finished by hand with a baby rolled-edge hem. 26 x 26" Edition 500.
Jessica Rankin Beanie Jessica Rankin Beanie
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Beanie

Jessica Rankin's phrase-fields,  in grey-blues and browns; on an outer shell made from quick-dry spun polyester. For the lining, choose from bamboo (mild) or cotton (warm) in three different colors....
Jessica Rankin Pillow I - Long Jessica Rankin Pillow I - Long
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Pillow I - Long

Poetic reverie-inspired pillow • 20”x12” • Made of 100% pre-shrunk polyester • Moisture-repellent Teflon coating • Printed, cut and sewn in the USA
Jessica Rankin Pillow II - Long Jessica Rankin Pillow II - Long
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Pillow II - Long

Poetic reverie-inspired long pillow • 20”x12” • Made of 100% pre-shrunk polyester • Moisture-repellent Teflon coating • Printed, cut and sewn in the USA
Jessica Rankin Scarf I - Big Square
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Scarf I - Big Square

Jessica Rankin attaches resonant words to sky-like fields; on silk or poly; finished by hand with a baby rolled-edge hem. 36 x 36" Edition 500
Jessica Rankin Scarf I - Square
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Scarf I - Square

Jessica Rankin attaches resonant words to sky-like fields; on silk or poly; finished by hand with a baby rolled-edge hem. 26 x 26" Edition 500
Jessica Rankin Scarf II - Big Square
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Scarf II - Big Square

Poetic collages on silk or poly; finished by hand with a baby rolled-edge hem. 36 x 36" Edition 500
Jessica Rankin Square Pillow Jessica Rankin Square Pillow
Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin Square Pillow

Inspired by spontaneous thought and literature, a skylike square pillow. • 18”x18” • machine washable cover • concealed zipper • printed on both sides • pillow case cover: 80% polyester,...
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