The diptych Words to the Moon, THKC (2020) appears as a celestial expanse, yellow splashes of paint extending across the two panels with white stains of paint beneath. There are bright blue accents of colour which, seen close-up, reveal themselves to be dense areas of meticulous stitching. This controlled interplay of thread and paint across the pictorial space provides an unexpected tension and rhythm to the overall composition. Rankin has quoted fragments of the 1982 poem ‘Dictée’ by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, carefully embroidering them on the painting’s edges.
‘ You write. You write you speak voices hidden masked you plant words to the moon you send word through the wind. Through the passing of seasons. By sky and by water the words are given birth given discretion. From one mouth to another, from one reading to the next the words are realized in their full meaning. The wind. The dawn or dusk the day earth and traveling birds south bound birds are mouth pieces wear the ghost veil for the seed of message. Correspondence. To scatter the words.’
- Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, extract from ‘Dictée’ (1962), Dictée, Tanam Press,1982