In To Light and then Return, ED (2020), floating islands of colour stain the canvas while dense areas of yellow stitching seem to imitate the behaviour of paint. This coupling of pigment and stitching, as it unfolds across the surface, creates a harmonious but unexpected rhythm to the overall composition. Onto the painting’s edges, Rankin has embroidered lines from a poem by Emily Dickinson, published in ‘The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems’ (2013).
The spry Arms of the Wind If I could crawl between I have an errand imminent To an adjoining Zone—
I should not care to stop My Process is not long The Wind could wait without the Gate Or stroll the Town among.
To ascertain the House And is the soul at Home And hold the Wick of mine to it To light, and then return—