There’s only one in the tank after this, so send in your photos (two max, caption, cats welcome). Today’s reader is Lorraine, who restores and conserves artworks:
The painting I’m working on in the series of photos is a lovely landscape by Russell Smith owned by an institution. It’s actually oil on paper and I was working in collaboration with a local paper conservator on the treatment. The painting had been torn, which resulted in some losses to the paper. The paper conservator mended the tears and then filled the losses with paper pulp. My part of the treatment was to inpaint the losses using a 28% solution of Aquazol 200, a poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) mixed with dry pigments. Aquazol is a polymer that is soluble in water and can be used just like watercolor.
The advantage of using Aquazol is that it is very easily reversible, which is extremely important in art conservation–whatever you do to the artwork has to be reversible. Most of what we end up doing in our work is trying to reverse terrible restorations. (Think of “Monkey Jesus” and you know what I’m talking about.)
The other photo is a selfie I took while sitting near some of the paintings we were in the process of conserving.