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2014 / Ilana Halperin / Autobiographical Trace Fossils / Patricia Fleming Projects

1 Apr – 3 May 2014

For Autobiographical Trace Fossils, Halperin presents a collection of works that explore her longstanding fascination with geological phenomena, focused around the generation of new landmass formed inside and outside the body. Physical Geology (cave cast/slow time) was formed over 10 months in a petrifying spring in France. These works will be seen for the first time in Glasgow, and were recently shown in significant exhibitions in Berlin.

For the print series, the artist used original drawings to make laser-cut wooden forms at DCA Print Studio, which were then submerged in the Blue Lagoon, an active geothermal pool in Iceland and left to rapidly encrust with new silica mineral deposits. Returning to DCA, she cut a similar set of woodblocks and used these to make the large-scale relief prints in the series.

"Through the course of my work, I have boiled milk in a 100 degree Celsius sulphur spring in the crater of an active volcano; stood with a friend on both sides of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; talked with geologists inside a lava tube inhabited by life-affirming bacteria; formed sculptures in caves and hot springs; spent time with geology collections formed inside the body; and held the Allende Meteorite, the oldest known object in the solar system, between my two hands. Geology and life can be very unexpected."

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