RAIR | 2016-17
Shannon Rankin | Rangeley, Maine
Shannon Rankin was born in California and lives and works in New Mexico and Maine. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (1997). Her recent solo and two person exhibitions include Crux, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine (2013), Fathom, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine (2011) and Disperse / Displace, Gallery Voss, Düsseldorf, Germany (2010). Her work is included in private and public collections both nationally and internationally. Select group exhibitions include Beyond Boundaries, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT (2015), Excavations, New Art Center, Newton, Massachusetts (2015), U.S. Embassy, Doha, Qatar (2014), Making A New Whole, UNE Gallery, Portland, Maine (2014), Santorini Biennale, Greece, Moving Maps, EPFL Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switzerland; Maps, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine, and Constructed Territory, Wright State University, Ohio. Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Creative Block, Geo Graphic, Elephant, Maine Home and Design, Maine Magazine, Papercraft 2, Data Flow 2, and Perfect Paper. Recent awards include the Individual Artist Grant awarded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (2015), the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Juror’s Prize (2010), and residencies at the Roswell Artist in Residence Program (2016), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska (2011) and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (2010).
“I create installations, collages and sculptures that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent. These new geographies explore notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and invite viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.”