Originally from New York, Ilana Halperin studied for her MFA at Glasgow School of Art, and now works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her research-practice is internationally oriented, with a deep time focus, and explores the relationship between geology and everyday life. For example, Halperin shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland, and returns once a decade to spend time with the volcano on significant occasions.
For Leeds Arts University, Halperin’s latest body of work ‘Minerals of New York’, takes the form of a mineral biography of the city.
In Halperin’s own words: “The project began with an encounter with the Subway Garnet, a huge historic blood red mineral found on 35th Street and Broadway. It led me deep into the stores of the American Museum of Natural History, to a personal mineral museum in the basement of a small bungalow in Queens, and back again, to a piece of Garnetifous Gneiss found 150 feet below the street where I grew up in New York City.”
The exhibition is currently on show at Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, curated by Dominic Paterson.