Ilana Halperin's practice often explores the relationship between geology and everyday life.
Halperin lives and works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her latest project takes her back to New York, her childhood home, through a 'mineral biography of the city' which takes shape across a range of media, including drawings, photographs, objects, and a 35mm slide show.
At the project's heart is a piece of garnetiferous gneiss, excavated from beneath the street which Halperin grew up on – a point of connection between her biography, that of the modern city, and the deep geological time that shaped it.
Alongside Halperin's new project, The Hunterian exhibits a number of her works from its own collection which relate to her ongoing interest in the Eldfell volcano. She shares her birthday with the volcano in Iceland and returns once a decade to spend time with it on significant occasions.