Portfolio > Plate Series

Plate 1
ink and graphite on ocean maps
7" x 7"
2016
Plate 2
ink and graphite on ocean maps
16 1/4" x 16 1/4"
2016
Plate 2 (detail)
ink and graphite on ocean maps
16 1/4" x 16 1/4"
2016

Plate 1 and Plate 2, are two other recent works by Rankin that continue the theme of environmental harm. Plate 1 is made from ink and graphite on collaged ocean maps and is one of her most abstract and solemn works. A mere 7 x 7 inches, its impact is larger than its scale. The heavily wrinkled and abraded surface is entirely covered in graphite and black ink, producing a sheen and density akin to an oil slick, a mourning veil for a dying planet. Plate 2 is larger at 16 ¼ x 16 ¼ inches and the underlying geometric grid of the collaged map squares is visible beneath a deep sea-blue. The surface of work is a web of lines and texture, suggesting a net afloat in a turgid sea. Taken together, Plate 1 and Plate 2 are a powerful testament to the Earth’s fragility and its endurance. Can we rescue it from ourselves? - Suzette McAvoy | Hawk and Handsaw