Ilana Halperin is an artist who lives and works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. She received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and her BFA from Brown University. Her work explores the relationship between geology and daily life. She combines fieldwork in diverse locations – on volcanoes in Hawaii, caves in France, geothermal springs in Japan, and in museums, archives and laboratories – with an active studio-based practice. She shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland. Felt Events, a volume on her work edited by Dr. Catriona McAra is being published by Strange Attractor/MIT Press in Autumn 2021.
Solo exhibitions include: Minerals of New York, The Hunterian, Glasgow and Leeds Arts University (2019); The Rock Cycle, Akiyoshidai Natural History Museum, Japan and touring (2019); Geologic Intimacy, Fujiya Gallery, Japan and touring (2017); The Library, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh (2013); Steine, Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité (2012).
Group exhibitions include: Crystal Clear, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2020); Etre Pierre, Musee Zadkine, Paris (2018); The Forces Behind the Forms, Kunstmuseum Thun and touring (2016); Cristallisations - la naissance d'un ordre caché, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis curated by Centre Pompidou Metz (2015); Allegory of the Cave Painting, curated by Mihnea Mircan, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2014); Estratos, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, PAC Murcia (2008).