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Nomadic Landmass (Stven's Klimt) 2004

Ilana Halperin (born 1973, Iceland)

Nomadic Landmass (Stven's Klimt)
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh

At its most fundamental level the Eldfell work is the story of the artist and her life seen alongside that of a small fragment of geological time; we are so used to thinking of geology in terms of millennia that the opportunity to visit a piece of land which has only appeared within the timescale of a human life provides a wonderful focus for a study of our relationship with time and place. The work of a geologist in the field resembles closely that of an artist going about the business of developing and making work; the very ground beneath oneís feet simply that until the chance encounter with a particular rock, picked up, examined and recorded becomes an object of specific interest and the material of human curiosity and communication. Halperinís work is a beautifully refined synthesis of a private response to the cataclysmic reality that shaped and continues to shape the world around us. It is also beautifully made; the drawing of Stvenís Klint, a geological feature in Denmark) is a tour de force of draftsmanship remarkable by any standard, sustained with extraordinary confidence on a considerable scale. It is a hybrid image, part landscape, and part diagram recording a geological landmark, the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary which exposed over a 12 km-long section of the coastal cliff at Stevns Klint, in Denmark. The end of the Cretaceous period - visible as a horizontal white chink in the rocks - marks the extinction of dinosaurs.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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