Selected works by Jessica Rankin

Jessica Rankin
Hour to Hour



220.3 x 186.7 cm

Embroidery on organdy 220.3 x 186.7 cm

Jessica Rankin’s work might best be described as ‘mental maps’. Working on a sheer fabric called organdie, her images invoke cartography or geographic diagrams. Made from thousands of tiny embroidered stitches, Rankin delineates shapes, boundaries, and contours, interconnecting and locating them with miniscule text. In Hour To Hour, which incorporates 4 gossamer swatches, Rankin’s constellation appears to hover as gauzy illusion, with tiny green islands anchoring fixed location in ‘nowhere’. Labelled with poetic stream of consciousness text such as IHEARDTHEMBUTWASNOLONGERTHERE and COMPLETELYBYSURPP, Rankin’s map refutes tangible space to chart the mystical terrains of memory, the subconscious, fiction, and passing time.

Jessica Rankin
Hour to Hour (Detail)



220.3 x 186.7 cm

Embroidery on organdy 220.3 x 186.7 cm

Jessica Rankin’s work might best be described as ‘mental maps’. Working on a sheer fabric called organdie, her images invoke cartography or geographic diagrams. Made from thousands of tiny embroidered stitches, Rankin delineates shapes, boundaries, and contours, interconnecting and locating them with miniscule text. In Hour To Hour, which incorporates 4 gossamer swatches, Rankin’s constellation appears to hover as gauzy illusion, with tiny green islands anchoring fixed location in ‘nowhere’. Labelled with poetic stream of consciousness text such as IHEARDTHEMBUTWASNOLONGERTHERE and COMPLETELYBYSURPP, Rankin’s map refutes tangible space to chart the mystical terrains of memory, the subconscious, fiction, and passing time.


Jessica Rankin's Biography

Jessica Rankin

1971 Born Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2007
White Cube, London

2006
The Measure of Every Pause, P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center,
Long Island City

2005
Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis

2004
The Project, New York

1999
First Floor Gallery, Melbourne, Australia


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2006
Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
A Changing Fabric, Salina Art Centre, Salina
Terra Incognita, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
When Artists Say We, Artists Space. New York

2005
Mental Maps, Dorsky Curatorial Program, New York
The Continuous Mark, The New York Studio School
Your Sky, Gigantic ArtSpace, New York
The Project, Los Angeles

2004
How would you light heaven?, Carlier l Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

2003
Abstruction, Artist’s Space, New York
Puddle Wonderful, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art
Pink Slips and Golden Parachutes, The Project, New York

2002
A Moment’s Notice, Kerry Inman Gallery, Houston

2001
Superimposition, Caren Golden, New York

2000
Burglar, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York

1999
Queer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

1998
Verbal, Momenta Gallery, New York

1997
Westbeth Gallery, New York

1996
A Grand Affair, Art Initiatives, New York

1995
Free Floating, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York