Elizabeth Rankin was born in the Blue Mountains and has lived much of her life in Sydney as well as in the UK particularly Jersey as her husband is English and his family was based on this island. She had a career in teaching before undertaking art studies at the National Art School. She remains keenly interested in literature and history as well as in all forms of visual art.
Elizabeth has contributed articles to Boston University’s online art journal, Sequitur (2020) and to Queen’s University’s (Canada) Conference, Art and Crime, (2021). She has been part of the Mosman Art Prize, the NSW En Plein Air Competition, The Jugglers Art Competition (Brisbane) and The Gallipoli Art Prize. Rankin has exhibited widely in commercial galleries and artist run spaces as well as at the National Art School.
Elizabeth is an artist and doctoral candidate at the National Art School. Her practice is drawing-based and includes painting, collage, animation and assemblage. Her current body of work explores the feminist uncanny. Rankin perceives her drawings to be a sort of visual prose through which she describes Australian criminal mysteries. Broadly speaking, Rankin’s work fits the genre of noir. Her work is textually rich with high tones. The figuration of the pieces is partially abstracted and verges on the surreal.