Image of artwork titled "The Library #1" by Ilana Halperin

Ilana Halperin, The Library #1, 2020
Etched book of 400 million year old Mica, Tourmaline, Lepidolite, Maine
11 × 6.7 inches

Halperin’s work moves between performance, sculpture, print, drawing and film. By connecting personal events and human histories to deep geological time, she allows for a space to think about our place within a vast continuum from a more intimate perspective. In her ‘Library’ series, she sources 400 - 800 million year old Mica from both sides of the Atlantic- Inverness-shire in the highlands of Scotland and Maine, New England. Personal narratives such as encountering Mica in the streets as a kid growing up in New York or symbols associated with queer activism, combined with histories embedded deep into the city and natural landscape, result in an alternative geologic library of laser-etched ‘books’ of Mica.



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