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 inviting viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.
Shannon Rankin’s works chart her travels: geographical, psychological, across time and space. She manipulates maps—her raw material—into precise patterns that order dimensions of experience. A 1997 graduate of the Maine College of Art, in 2011 she was Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Omaha, Nebraska, and in 2010 she won the Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship Award, Johnson, Vermont. She won the Jurors’ Award at the 2010 CMCA Biennial and had a solo show at CMCA the following year. In 2014, whe was included in shows at the University of New England Gallery, and at the New Art Center in Newton, Massachusetts. She also created an installation for the recent 2014 CMCA Biennial.