Geologic Intimacy

Ilana Halperin


About the edition

Ilana Halperin’s work Geologic Intimacy comprises a series of five woodblock prints made in collaboration with DCA Print Studio, exhibited in the Print Space at DCA from 21 July until the 22 September, and explores the artist’s longstanding fascination with geological phenomena.

Halperin has a highly experimental approach to print-based processes, which is particularly visible in this project. First, a series of her original drawings were used to make laser-cut wooden forms at DCA Print Studio. These forms were submerged in the Blue Lagoon; an active geothermal pool in Iceland, where they were left to rapidly encrust with silica mineral deposits. Halperin made a Super 8 film documenting this process which you can find here.

Returning to DCA Print Studio, she cut a similar set of woodblocks and used these to make the series of large-scale relief prints.

The sculptures, film and woodblock prints were shown together in the solo exhibition Steine at the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité in 2012. In addition this exhibition included a large-scale etching by Ilana, Physical Geology.

Series of five woodblock prints, each is an edition of 10:

  • We Form Geology
  • Autobiographical Trace Fossils
  • An air Bubble, the Potential Origin of Life
  • Corporeal Minerology
  • A Bridge Between the Living and the Dying

Individual prints are £720 or can be bought as a suite of five prints for £2,880 (including VAT). Please select desired woodblock or suite before adding to basket.

Year 2013
Edition of 10
Media Woodblock print on Saunders Waterford paper (300gsm)
Dimensions 152 x 125cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Ilana Halperin

My work explores the relationship between geological phenomena and daily life. Drawing parallels between very personal events, for example when I was born or when my father died, with the birth of a volcano, allows for a space to think about our place within the geological time continuum from a more intimate perspective.”

Born in 1973 in New York, USA, Ilana Halperin lives and works in Glasgow. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland and her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Recent solo exhibitions include in Berlin, Steine at the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité, and Hand Held Lava at Schering Stiftung. Group exhibitions include Volcano at Compton Verney in Warwickshire, England; Estratos, PAC Murcia, Spain; Polar Dispatches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine and the Sharjah Biennial.

She has received numerous awards, including a Creative Scotland Artist Award, British Council Darwin Now Award and Alchemy Fellowship at the Manchester Museum. She is currently the Artist-Curator of the geology collection of The Music Hall in Shrewsbury, the birthplace of Charles Darwin. Halperin is first Artist Fellow at the National Museum of Scotland, with a solo exhibition entitled The Library at the museum as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, summer 2013.

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