Situated throughout the house Halperin's work references minerals embedded in the fabric of the building, as well as geologic phenomena found on the island.
For this major new commissionand as part of the 20th anniversary year of visual arts at Mount Stuart, Ilana Halperin directs her focus to works inspired by the geology of the island of Bute where she now spends much of her time.
"The first time I visited Mount Stuart, many years ago, I was struck by the deep geologic nature of the house, from the core samples of marble which travelled up from Sicily – immigrant rocks settled in their new home; to the petrified seas found in the
fossil rich limestone of the vast stairwell in the Great Hall. It was as if the house itself was an Anthropocene phenomena, among the many geologic wonders one could encounter on the island." Ilana Halperin.
Works in the exhibition include a series of 36 watercolours, textiles woven in collaboration with Bute Fabrics and laser engraved mica (a mineral also used in the ceiling of Mount Stuart's drawing room).
Halperin’s work examines the relationships between rocks and minerals, between family and the deep time of the earth. As an immigrant and a 'New Yorker' who lives and works in Scotland, her work is an evolving embodiment of geologic and human migration and change.
The geologic phenomena of the island becomes the backdrop to the exhibition, the extinct volcano behind her island home the title.
The exhibition will launch online and a new filmed tour will be availble available from 8 May.