Catriona McAra

Dr. Catriona McAra is Assistant Director, Heritage Collections and Curation at University of St Andrews.

  • Ilana Halperin

    Ilana Halperin

    Felt Events

    Catriona McAra

    Texts explore the multifaceted conceptual practice of the artist Ilana Halperin.

    Ilana Halperin (b.1973) is an artist who shares her birthday with an Icelandic volcano. Working through the aesthetics of geology since the late 1990s, her multifaceted, conceptual practice unearths the intimate poetics of rocks, minerals, and body stones. Halperin's fieldwork has led her from erupting volcanoes in Hawaii to petrifying caves in France and geothermal springs in Japan. Felt Events surveys the last two decades of Halperin's output (1999–2020), representing a mid-career moment of reflection.

    Felt Events includes critical and experimental writing from international curators, Lisa Le Feuvre and Naoko Mabon, art historians Andrew Patrizio and Dominic Paterson, anthropologist Jerry Zee, and writer Nicola White. It also offers examples of Halperin's performance lectures, some of which appear in print for the first time.

    This collection introduces Halperin's work to new generations of artists, writers, and environmental activists—those who will shape the critical landscapes of the twenty-first century

    • Paperback $27.95
  • In Fairyland

    In Fairyland

    The World of Tessa Farmer

    Catriona McAra

    The first substantial scholarly volume devoted to artist Tessa Farmer's work.

    For almost two decades now, Tessa Farmer has been evolving a new species of fairy. They represent the point at which science tilts into fantasy – as the sleep of reason produces monsters. In Fairyland is the first substantial scholarly volume devoted to Farmer's work. Here, leading thinkers in the fields of animal art, natural history and gothic studies assemble to investigate the significance of Farmer and her fairies, covering aspects from their relationship to fairy traditions in folklore and art, to entomological precedents for the malevolent behaviours of her creations.

    ContributorsGiovanni Aloi, Gail-Nina Anderson, Gavin Broad, Brian Catling, Jeremy Harte, Petra Lange-Berndt, and John Sears

    • Paperback $20.95